Monday, 26 April 2004

The other day I was trying to get a OneNote blog post to work, and had some problematic results. True to OneNote team style, Peter Baer with Microsoft emailed me directly and asked me to send him the .one file that was causing problems. So, I did and he wrote back (quoted with permission):

“I can repro the bug as well, using your file.  I’ll look into it – great bug, I don’t think we've seen this before.”

“Great bug.” Now, there's something you don't hear too often. But if you think about it, a bug is either a lump of coal or a nugget of gold, and it's all in the approach. I like the gold approach, myself. :-)

I also inquired about whether there was an ability to control whether or not OneNote does text-to-graphic conversion - sort of a way to tell OneNote not to convert no matter what. I pointed out to Peter that I had seen different results publishing from OneNote to email vs. doing a copy-paste from OneNote. Peter's reply was interesting, and sheds some light on the way OneNote deals with HTML content:

“As to your question: no, you can’t control it directly, but we do produce different HTML when copying to the clipboard vs. publishing to an MHTML file or email.  The in the 'publish' case, we attempt to preserve the original 2D layout as much as possible – hence the possible conversion of text to graphics, absolute positioning of divs, etc.  In the 'clipboard' case, because our main target destination apps are traditional word processors, we produce serialized content – mostly out of simplicity, since we don’t know just how the user will want to repurpose the data (and if the user really wants WYSIWYG fidelity, she can insert it as a picture).  So in that case, all text (including recognized ink) really will appear as text.”

That makes good sense, and the fact that Peter took the time to interact was really very cool. OneNote has quickly become a powerful and useful application that seems to care about its users just as much as its users care about it.

All this brings me to my real point: I have recently come to realize that the OneNote application itself is my second-favorite thing about OneNote.

The OneNote team at Microsoft is my first. I've learned more from meeting smart people at conferences, reading truly interesting blogs and using their application than from any other Microsoft program.



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