Dave Winer has been developing outliners for his entire professional life. Not surprisingly I’ve been working in outliners my entire professional life. First with ThinkTank on the Apple ][ (a Winer product); then ThinkTank and MORE (both Winer products) on the Mac; and now OmniOutliner Professional (an Omni Group product) on the Mac.
Almost everything I do with text on the computer begins life in an outline. For example, this article originated and was roughed out in OmniOutliner Pro, then migrated to BBEdit for any necessary HTML markup, and finally copy-and-pasted to ExpressionEngine—the content management system on which ARTS & FARCES internet runs.
My project notes, books, articles, wikis, and other manuscripts all start as outlines.
For almost as long as I’ve had a website—sometime around 11 January 1993, when the domain was registered—I’ve wanted to be able to easily publish my outlines on the web. By “easily publish” I mean with one click. Yeah, I’m lazy. One click.