<emma> is an online literary application useful for creating, editing, and submitting documents in an open format.
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Link to Emma: <emma>
The resources page opens and closes slightly differently due to it's large and complex nature. When working on the resources page, the user is presented with a single column of materials that are divided into categories at the top of the page. This odd format of presenting materials has generated greatly mixed feelings towards this section of the page.
Along the top of the page are a row of choices: "Calendar", "Projects", "Notes", "Journal", "Portfolio", "Help", and "Logout". Each of these leads to a new page.
The "Calendar" tab displays all events for the month, which can be switched to a daily agenda view. Permanent events only editable by the Instructor are shown on all calendars, but each user may add their own events to their private calendars. These calendars may also be exported to iCal, and the Resources page can be accessed from the left sidebar.
The "Projects" tab displays a listing of all documents created or uploaded by the user.
One of <emma>'s main features is the way it allows for the .odt file format to be viewed online, rather than using .doc or .txt (one of which is proprietary and the other just boring). This integration of FLOSS into the website gives it an advantage in allowing anyone to post files to be viewed and edited online. While the site can accept any type of file as upload, only .odt files can be created on the website. Both .odt and .pdf may be viewed on the website as Adobe's PDF reader is also free software, though it is not open source.
As a quick note, if you make your text into plain text before copying it into the eDoc editor, it transfers extremely easily, with very little hassle. I know it's really easy to do this on a Mac by opening TextEdit, pasting in your current text, then clicking "Make Plain Text" under "Format." I don't know the exact steps for Linux or Windows but it probably includes a bare-bones text editor (not MS Word).