Many Pressible users approach small-p publishing in the same way they approach other writing: they do the actual composing in a word processing program, usually Microsoft Word, then paste it into their Pressible post. For most, the process goes something like this: carefully draft, edit, and format your writing in Word; begin a new Pressible post; copy the text from Word and paste it in the text area of the new Pressible post; mayhem: everything looks different, usually a lot worse, than it did in Word.
This problem isn’t unique to Pressible, or even to WordPress. Without getting too techie, Word uses different code to format your text (think tabs, spaces, page breaks, etc.) than many online publishing platforms, including WordPress. Pressible can’t “read” that code in the same way, and often interprets it in ways that look different or, in some cases, completely “break” the post.
Clicking the “Paste from Word” button will produce a new text field into which you paste the text from Word. The tool automatically strips the post of its Word code, formatting it for Pressible. You still might have to do a little clean-up to make the post look the way you like, but this will take care of most needs.
We want to make it as easy as possible for people to merge their current writing styles and methods with digital publishing, and we’re happy that this little tool can help!
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In other news, the Pressible team is thrilled to announce the arrival of Jer Thorp, a data visualisation artist joining us for the EdLab Digital Art Residency this summer. Watch his Pressible site as he explores the possibilities for visualizing the Pressible network.