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12/3/10
Original Poster
bigwillsmall

Dislike removal of Edit HTML and Edit CSS

Dear Google Team,
I greatly appreciate your products.  I enjoy the Docs function and the ability to edit CSS and HTML.  It would force me to move to another platform to lose this ability.  I hope you will continue to offer it in the next version and I see that at this time you do not. Hence I am defaulting my settings to use the old version and as requested in the Getting to know Google Docs "new version" page, I'm letting you know how I feel about the change.
Thank you,
Will
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All Replies (5)
Jeff Harris
12/4/10
Jeff Harris
Thanks for the feedback Will.

Unfortunately the new editor's data model isn't based on HTML, so it's not possible for us to support editing HTML/CSS ... there's no underlying HTML/CSS to be edited. You can see details about the technical differences between the editors here:

I wish we didn't have to take away the feature, but it just technically wasn't possible to build a realtime collaborative word process, with a data model as unconstrained as HTML.
alonbl
12/6/10
alonbl
Well, you don't provide CSS and don't provide any other styling tool. So the new format actually is unusable (except for kids / ignorants that uses editors like plain old type-writer).

It should not matter what the back-end is, as long as you can see the metadata behind it, you can create styles and exceptions.

But I am sure you already know that. The question is if you know that, why do you release unusable versions without these features.
12/8/10
Original Poster
bigwillsmall
While I see the point that the editing of HTML/CSS does not fit in with the realtime collaborative process I believe the majority of your users will use neither of those features regularly, 'advanced editing' or realtime collaboration.  I do not think completely reducing functionality is the answer, but given the constraints of realtime collaboration it would make sense to provision for it such as a "Single User Mode" which would lock the document to others changing it and could only be entered into when one was the only person working in a document at a time. Alternatively to simply leave the old editor available as a option or website development tool.

Thank you,
Will
andy.jewell
12/8/10
andy.jewell
What a travesty.  I thought Google vowed to do no evil.
rareyman
12/16/10
rareyman
Please at least bring back the ability to style things with CSS. 
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