Notepad, and this list WAS Re: [thelist] Removing Microsoft Word special characters

Timothy J. Luoma luomat at
Fri Sep 19 07:16:13 CDT 2003

On Fri, 19 Sep 2003 12:13:00 +1000, Ken Schaefer <ken at> 

> So, because UE has some extra abilities, then it somehow follows that:
> "Notepad, as nearly everyone knows, is terrible."
> What a crock.
> I came to this list because it seemed that people here were a little more
> grown up, and could discuss things a little more dispassionately,

It seems *you* are the one who is more than a little passionate about this 
incredibly trivial issue, and condescension doesn't strike isn't 
particularly mature.

> Frankly, it seems that this list is starting to slide towards those
> depths that I tried to get away from. Either that, or people on this list
> don't seem to be aware of the common meaning of words such as "terrible".

Frankly I think the use of the word "crock" was overdone too.  Shall we 
have a thread on that as well?

As I have already said, this was not meant to be a full discussion about 
what I found to be lacking in Notepad.  I *assumed* that people would 
agree that Notepad is pretty terrible due to its several limitations.  It 
was an off-hand comment that has been blown *way* out of proportion.

I don't give a fig whether you like Notepad or not.  I don't care whether 
you think Notepad is the greatest invention since 'vi'  I don't care 
whether people want to get all hot & bothered about Notepad at all.

A question was asked.  I was trying to find a good solution to a stated 
issue.  UE offers a much better solution than is possible in Notepad, 
which I assumed was being used (come to find out in a followup post that 
we all misunderstood what was being asked).

Then I was asked to give a better answer about how to make UE more useful 
for this case, and I've done so.  And yet *STILL* people are talking about 
#&(*!@&#(* a side comment I made about Notepad.

You're right, it does sound like some people need to grow up.  You're 
defending NOTEPAD for crying out loud.  Who cares?!?!?!  Is there not 
enough real traffic on the list that we need to sit here and analyze 
things to death?


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