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Hi :)
People get confused about the difference between a text-editor and a word-processor.  

It's especially confusing because a number of advanced text-editors are able to cleverly interpret 
the textual information they are given and convert the text into colour-coded output.  However if 
you change the preferences of the text-editor then it changes the way it colour codes the file.  
Also individual characters or words cannot be formatted in any way, such as made bold or centred.  
If you change the preferences for an advanced text-editor then it changes the colours of the entire 
document, not just a portion of it.  

Basic text-editors such as Notepad can still read a file that appeared to have colour-coding and 
will show you that there is no colour-coding at all really.  It's just that the advanced 
text-editors look for things such as coding brackets and known commands that you would normally 
look-up in a look-up table or from some other notes.  Since the list of commands is usually finite 
and seldom allows typos it helps coders by drawing attention to things where the colour-coding 
appears to have gone wonky.  

A great example is to look at an html page, say any page on the internet, and then go to your 
web-browser's equivalent of 
View - Source
which then shows the code and text which is really what your web-browser receives and then 
translates that text into (hopefully) the page that the web-designer wanted you to see.  

Hmm, ok so Notepad is a bad example because it is extremely basic and is made by MS so the usual 
problems apply = it can't read things that are not done "the Windows way" such as those using a 
different end-of-line character and so on.  Also it needs to be told a file is text, such as by 
using the .txt file-ending as it can't work it out for itself.  

Word-processors are good at processing words, applying formatting to individual portions such as 
making headings bold or in a different font etc 

Actually before this list told me i could paste unformatted text i would often use a text-editor to 
strip away formatting in order to paste as unformatted text.  
Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Andreas Säger <>
Sent: Wednesday, 5 September 2012, 8:34
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Date will not format or sort when imported into calc (ods)

Of course Calc can import and export all flavours of numbers, dates,
currencies, scientific numbers, plain text, numeric text, booleans and
fractions in 180 different languages. Just do it.

btw: There is no formatting in a text editor (gedit). So you can not remove
any formatting.

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