Is it Not Nifty? A Google Document
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In this IUL 2.0 exercise, I am investigating web-based applications. I was intriugued by the Zoho products, but I opted to try out the Google services instead, as I already have a Google account (and I don’t exactly relish the thought of having yet another account somewhere else). This looks simple enough. Let’s try some features.
The block quotes seem to work nicely (although I won’t know for sure until I post). Below is a quote from my previous post.
I got preoccupied by wondering about the people who lived or worked in these structures. What were their lives like? Who were they? And then, I started to wonder, am I really feeling them here? Well, it is Jersey, so it is entirely possible that I was just overloaded in the presence of all of that clean air and oxygen, rather than having some sort of empathic encounter.
I also like that there are a lot of features that would make this document html ready, such as headers and hyperlinks. I just tried the headers and it didn’t work exactly as expected. I suspect I could tweak the html and fix this- if I cared to spend that much time on this.
From the Insert tab, I can add bookmarks within the document, which I imagine to work something like anchors in an html document.
It seems as though Google Documents can do pretty much all of the essential tasks as MS Word. I can comment a document, view versions and share this document with others- all while being independent of flash drives, etc. I like the capability to save in html, pdf or send this to a blog, which I will soon attempt.
This is the part where, once I’ve posted from within Google Docs, I edit the post from within Blogger, to see what that looks like. Oh, I just saw that there are RSS feeds available for your Google document, making collaborative editing easier. It is official. I have a tech crush on Google.