Tim Bray “describes his woes”:http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2005/11/12/Resume-Blues working with his résumé, which was being maintained in a MS Word document:
It’s got some columns-and-anchors magic where the dates are out in the left margin and are supposed to stay attached to the jobs and publications and so on that they belong to. Only they get out of alignment, and then when I try to move them by hand, things go weird, the grid is wrong and when I hold down the magic free-movement key they start oozing out of the margin. Then the hanging-indent in the little bulleted lists stopped working, so I was having to nudge the continuation lines over. I guess at some level it’s creditable that this misshapen outgrowth still works at all, but anyhow my patience ran out.
He then describes how he converted the document to HTML, and asks:
So, I understand why we still need spreadsheets and presentation packages, but assuming you had a Web editor with a good change tracker, why would anyone want a word processor any more?
That question is one I would like answered as well. I personally edit everything that has anything to do with text in a web editor (or should I say “text editor”?), and I keep it in a “Subversion”:http://subversion.tigris.org/ repository to keep track of changes.
Adding to that, I also edit many of my spreadsheet-like documents in a web editor. Or should I say: I edit most of the tabular documents I maintain in a web editor as HTML. And, anything vaguely presentation-like is also done in HTML.