Saturday, August 7, 2010


Gwennel is advertised as "a free WYSIWYG and WYSIWYM editor for Windows supporting natively the Open Document Format." "WYSIWIG" means, of course, "What you see is what you get" and "WYSIWYM" means "What you see is what you mean." I have seen it referred to somewhere as a TeX editor and that is actually the reason why I downloaded it. It does not do TeX. In some ways, it is just an ordinary two-pane outliner:

It is different from an application like Treepad Business in that both the contents and the styles show up in the outline panel. You can also predefine style sheets (just as in any other half-decent word processor). You can download two from the Website: MediaWiki and OpenOffice.

It's no more WYSIWYM than, say, Atlantis (not to say MS-Word), which both have styles and can show the styles in a side-panel. But it is different in two respects—both not unimportant:
  • it is very small: just 140 KB on disk
  • it needs no install (and does not use the registry), so you can just copy it to a flash drive
As a result, it is also very fast.

It does not print! For this reason it is not a word processor either. (This has not prevented some from referring to it as a word processor, of course).

I don't need it, but someone else might have some use for it, especially if she likes or uses the OpenOffice format.

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