I’m about to walk you through a very real, very useful use case of mine for collaborating in WorkFlowy. If you’ve ever used MS Word’s “Track Changes” tool, you’ll want to bookmark this post for the next time you’re editing someone else’s work in WorkFlowy… That is, if a WorkFlowy user who’s text you’re editing cares to compare the original, the marked up revision and the final draft of their work.
The idea behind tracking changes (in MS Word) is that you are able to clearly see what someone else has edited. The author might wish to retain some of the stuff that’s been deleted or get rid of some of the stuff that’s been added. Tracking changes is about easily seeing what changes have been made and having the chance to accept or reject them.
Another WorkFlowy user asked me to edit a book she’s writing. This damsel is going the whole 9 yards and writing up every scrap of content in WorkFlowy itself. Not just the outline. By the way, if you’re a writer of any flavor or form, you’re seriously missing out if you’re only outlining ideas in WorkFlowy. I’ve got an extended section on writing in WorkFlowy in my WorkFlowy book.
This person would love to see exactly what I’ve edited – every last teeny weeny thing – from the i’s she’s forgotten to dot and the t’s she’s forgotten to cross (think about that one!) – to suggested wording changes… and copying sections of text from WorkFlowy into Word and back again would be a royal PITA.
So I’ve figured out a simple way to flip a switch in WorkFlowy and show either (1) the original text, (2) the original text with markup or (3) the final draft.
Eye of the tiger – the making of
Here are some of the (rumored) original lyrics to an iconic song:
Here was some behind-the-scenes polishing:
Thankfully, here’s how the chorus turned out:
The on/ off switch
This is how I toggle between “Edit” mode, “Final draft” view and the “Original” text – using 3 small Stylish styles I created for you and I:
It’s a kind of magic…
…sort of. How to get those on/ off switches shown above? How to stylize text destined for deletion in red and struck through? How to show fresh additions in blue? Pay this shared WorkFlowy list a visit and/ or add it to your account for safekeeping. It’ll take you less than 5 minutes to read through, set up and get the ball rolling.
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