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I really feel like this site should be in plain text.


  curl -H 'Accept: text/plain' https://plaintextproject.online/
and was disappointed with HTML...

It purports to be, even though it isn't:

>Believe it or not, plain text is used everywhere. Even when you don’t see it. Where? In the source code for software, web pages, blog posts and articles (like this one), configuration files on your computer, and more.


Looks good in lynx, but having the site be a .txt would be cute, if annoying.

Maybe it’s made of Markdown.

All I see is text and a few links. Are you claiming that typesetting doesn’t count as plain text?

If so then what do you call books?

>Formatted text, styled text, or rich text, as opposed to plain text, has styling information beyond the minimum of semantic elements: colours, styles (boldface, italic), sizes, and special features in HTML (such as hyperlinks).


Books don't have links.

Sometimes I forget that even HN has people who will happily argue about absolutely anything.

Plain text is printed in a physical surface by mechanical or manual means, but you don’t seem to have a problem with pixels.

Footnotes, figures, and bibliographies all refer to material out of time and space. Frequently you had to bust ass to make use of them but they were there. And they were replaced with something demonstrably better.

So you want a website about plain text with no hypertext at all where you have to copy and paste URLs in order to get past the landing page, in order to have a plain text experience. Maybe bullet journals should only be described in bullet journals and embroidery instructions be embroidered onto fabric.

> some of you are thinking, “but John, you just said there’s no difference between geeks and nerds,” and to you I say, “shut up nerds.” - John Hodgeman

The point is that this site is literally about plain text files, i.e. not using a markup format or other adornments.

We use other media to learn and talk about every medium. So what?

You do at least recognize that you guys are bagging on OP, right?

Just let it go man. Vannevar Bush was essentially talking about hypertext (and the semantic web) in the late forties. MIME types didn’t exist until decades later. It’s a jargon term and a concept, and the jargon term is often rendered as a single word.

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