Plain Text Law

Plain Text Time Tracking

2020-06-27: Apple chose not to bring movable widgets and the App Library to iPadOS 14.0. Some theorize that …

2020-05-24: Adding iCloud Folders As Part of `getClient` As I mentioned, I added an ability to add iCloud folders for a new client as part of my getClient …

2020-03-06: I expanded my getClient function today to optionally create a series of client folders in iCloud …

2020-02-27: A few clarifications re: time tracking I’ve modified the timeslip script in the Drafts action directory so that time entries are …

2020-02-14: Time Tracking with Plain Text and Drafts - Summary I track my time using plain text and Drafts. Detail about how I do this can be found in my prior …

2020-02-12: Time Tracking Using Plaint Text and Drafts - Part 5 (the getClient function) As mentioned in my last post, I made a getClient function to make my plain text time tracking a …

2020-02-10: Time Tracking Using Plain Text and Drafts - Part 4 (More Processing) To recap: we’ve turned our plain text time slip into a list of time entries, each with a date, …

2020-02-08: Time Tracking Using Plain Text and Drafts - Part 3 (Processing) A plain text time slip is a good first step. We could simply treat it as paper and do the time …

2020-02-07: Time Tracking Using Plain Text and Drafts - Part 2 (The Format) At its most basic level, my plain text time tracking consists of a simple, intuitive, and flexible …

2020-02-06: Time Tracking Using Plain Text and Drafts - Part 1 (Why) As an attorney, I need to track my time. For the past several years, I’ve done all my time …

2019-09-12: (Plain text legal on hold for a little bit due to paying legal work)

2019-09-11: Post iPhone event feeling? Still not all that excited. On the upgrade program, so will be getting a …

2019-09-10: Pre-iPhone-event feeling? Way less excited than normal—and not even all that excited for iOS 13 …

2019-09-09: The other thing to keep in mind is that Markdown (including MultiMarkdown) allows you to include raw …

2019-09-08: MultiMarkdown metadata is an interesting addition to a plain text legal workflow. It could allow you …

2019-09-07: It’s feeling very much like fall tonight, even with the crickets.

2019-09-06: Because MultiMarkdown is based on Markdown, which was designed to generate HTML, there is no easy …

2019-09-05: *Ironically, some of the most traditional caption blocks are relics of the plain text typewriter …

2019-09-05: A caption block in MultiMarkdown is challenging. Essentially, it’s just a two-cell table. But …

2019-09-04: Legal citations are a major challenge in MultiMarkdown. MultiMarkdown allows for citations, but it’s focused on academic citations, rather than legal …

2019-09-03: MultiMarkdown footnotes work just fine.[^Though if you don’t do in-line footnotes, you may …

2019-09-02: MultiMarkdown tables are pretty basic, so any styling you might need (eliminating some of the …

2019-09-01: MultiMarkdown headings for contracts can also be tricky because there is no direct way to indicate …

2019-08-31: MultiMarkdown signature blocks are not all that difficult. The hardest part is getting nice …

2019-08-30: Numbered cross references in MultiMarkdown are tricky In MMD you can make a cross-reference using …

2019-08-29: Towards a legal markup language Court-mandated styles may require adding: line numbers (reset by …

2019-08-28: Towards a legal markup language What markup do we need for pleadings? everything from contracts, …

2019-08-27: Towards a legal markup language Starting simply: what markup do we need for contracts? Sections, …

2019-08-26: To take a step back, a plain text legal solution must: Use markup that gives easy access to most …

2019-08-25: MultiMarkdown adds several key abilities to a plain text legal workflow: tables footnotes cross …

2019-08-24: Potential components of a plain text legal solution: Multi-Markdown git pandoc LaTeX HTML/CSS …

2019-08-23: LaTeX is too complex for lawyers to adopt Where Markdown is not sophisticated enough, LaTeX is too …

2019-08-22: Markdown isn’t enough for plain text legal documents. Markdown is meant to be an easy way to …

2019-08-21: One solution: Just paste plain text into Word, and apply a set of pre-defined styles saved in a …

2019-08-21: Any solution for using plain text for legal work must: (1) allow us to convert plain text to …

2019-08-20: Challenge No. 3 of using plain text for legal work: Collaborating. Your colleagues, co-counsel, …

2019-08-19: Challenge No. 2 of using plain text for legal work: The end product must be paginated. Legal …

2019-08-18: Challenge No. 1 of using plain text for legal work: The end product must still be rich text. A …

2019-08-17: Reason no. 5 to prefer plain text to .docx for legal work: Plain text is a common denominator. …

2019-08-17: Reason no. 4 to prefer plain text to .docx for legal work: Archiving is better. Plain text files …

2019-08-16: Reason no. 3 to prefer plain text to .docx for legal work: Lawyers are bad at Word. Most lawyers do …

2019-08-15: Reason No. 2 to prefer plain text to .docx for legal work: Automation. Scripting and automating …

2019-08-15: Reason No. 1 to prefer plain text to .docx for legal work: Version control. It’s much easier and …

2019-08-14: I’ve been playing around the edges of trying to adapt various plain-text technologies—everything …

2019-07-09: Looks like Apple also dropped the price of storage upgrades to the Mac Mini today. Going from 256GB …

2019-06-03: Another iOS 13 request: Dark mode is all well and good, but I want it to automatically switch based …

2019-06-03: Prediction: Voice control of iOS in iOS 13 forms the basis of full iOS scripting in iOS 14.

2019-03-27: ISO is a gorgeous typeface. (Just look at those numbers!) Inspired by the lettering on nice cameras, …

2019-03-25: Prediction: The eventual subscription bundle is just: +

2019-02-11: Say you’ve got a 2015 iMac with the hideously slow 5400rpm drive. Do you pay ~$300 to upgrade to a …

2018-12-10: It took me a while to realize it, but the industrial design of the new iPads reminds me of the …

2018-12-07: Winter colors:

2018-11-26: My Wishlist for Things 3 on iOS: TextExpander support dark mode (with auto-switching) drag & …

2018-11-16: Somebody needs to make iPad dongles that don’t dangle.

2018-10-31: A day later, my biggest iPad Pro question is how easy (or difficult ) it will be to take off the …

2018-10-30: Glad I locked in a decent sales price for my iPad Pro. I’m gonna need those $s.

2018-10-28: Just bought my Mailhub license. Fantastic piece of software!