Version Control for Writers

Richard Hartmann richih.mailinglist at
Thu Aug 1 17:19:48 CEST 2013

On Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM, Yaroslav Halchenko <lists at> wrote:
> btw -- another interesting idea which I now remembered but which wasn't
> yet mentioned I believe:  collaborate on google docs but keep version
> control outside under git:

If you _have_ to go that route, at least use Titanpad. Optionally self-host.

While Google Docs should be save, we thought the same about Google
Wave (also collaborative editing), Google Talk, Google Reader, Google

> Cheers,
> On Wed, 31 Jul 2013, Dylan Kinnett wrote:
>> Hello group,
>> I joined this group because I'm interested in using version control
>> software to help writers, editors, publishers, scholars and archivists. In
>> my efforts to figure this out, I've been introduced to Git, and to
>> Flashbake, and to Git-Annex Assistant. These powerful tools are great!
>> Because I'm a web developer in my day job, I'm sure I'll be able to learn
>> them quickly enough and put them to work. The trouble is, most of the
>> people I work on writing with are not so skilled with computers. Since most
>> of this stuff is open source, I'm looking for ways to make these tools a
>> little more user friendly, for the average writer, editor, etc.
>> Here is a link to a blog post where I detailed some of my early thoughts on
>> the subject:
>> I would be grateful for any thoughts, comments, advice, etc. that any of
>> you might be able to provide.
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