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New TextExpander snippets for fast HTML

TextExpander: Customizable Typing Utility Saves Time! (TextExpander snippets)

TextExpander nerds, rejoice! Your friends at Smile on My Mac have added a couple new snippet sets that can be imported into our favorite keystroke-saving preference pane.

The HTML Code Snippet File adds "over 60 common HTML tags and special character codes" to your collection. So by typing, say, ",h2", you can generate a matched pair of <H2> tags, while typing ",span" will generate "<span id="%|" class=""></span>" (where "%|" equals your cursor), so you can quickly style a string of text. I can see where these will really come in handy for generating HTML outside a text editor -- especially when you have to do a bit of quick markup in a web page's textarea.

Second, you can now download a file that includes both the new HTML Snippets as well as the previously mentioned AutoCorrect Snippet File (which will automagically fix a bunch of the most common typos on the fly and in any program). If you're a geek who's new to the magic of TextExpander, installing this file can have a pretty profound effect on your typing productivity, I assure you.

One of my favorite time-saving tools. Do check it out.

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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