[Athen] Best text editor to use for preparing transcript upload

Petri, Kenneth petri.1 at osu.edu
Mon Dec 7 15:50:12 PST 2015

Howdy Howard,

I know both Terry and I used WordPad for our demo, but the rationale for the choice was driven by NotePad not being able to properly handle unix-style line endings.

When you download a plaintext file encoded on a linux or mac box, if you open it on Windows with NotePad, NotePad will often treat the file as a long string with no line breaks.

Traditionally, Windows line breaks are a carriage return + a line feed; whereas on unix-y machines a line feed alone is used. WordPad is “modern” enough to know what to do with the unix-style line endings; NotePad only honors the Windows \r\n style line breaks.

This may have something to do with the odd characters. My guess would be that NotePad is including the carriage returns and YouTube is rendering them out as something undesirable. But that’s only a guess…..


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From: hkramer.atsol at gmail.com [mailto:hkramer.atsol at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Howard Kramer
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To: Petri, Kenneth <petri.1 at osu.edu>
Cc: Terrill Thompson <tft at uw.edu>; Sean Keegan <skeegan at gmail.com>; Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Best text editor to use for preparing transcript upload

Hi Ken,

At the presentation the three of you did a couple of weeks ago (thanks again!), did you mention Wordpad as the preferred text editor for preparing transcripts for uploading to YouTube for automatic syncing. I've noticed that when I used Notepad I'm getting extended ascii characters in the uploaded transcript which I assume are formatting controls. I cced this question to ATHEN because I thought others would appreciate the tip.


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