Using Plain Text Editor or HTML View

Formatting content in your course can be achieved through the visual editor where you can create, modify, and format course content whether you are familiar with HTML or not.  The Visual Editor also includes a Plain Text Editor tool for advanced HTML authors.

When is the plain text editor recommended over the HTML view?

The plain text editor and the html view of the visual editor should not be considered interchangeable.

Screenshot showing buttons to click on for Visual Editor or HTML Editor

It's recommended to only use the plain text editor if you are very comfortable with html and prefer to maintain the content this way.

The html view in the visual editor is for those folks that have some html experience, but do the majority of their content development in the design view of the visual editor. The html view is good for these users who want to make a minor adjustment to the content via the html directly, but will switch back to design mode for the majority of their work.    For example, use Plain Text Editor to copy and paste HTML content authored from authoring tools like Dreamweaver, or embed code from popular video media posted on YouTube.  Then switch back tot he Visual Editor to format your content.   As an advanced HTML author, the Plain Text Editor is your solution to a more sophisticated authoring environment you can use without having the unexpected behaviors known to occur in Visual Editor's HTML view HTML Code view.

For best results, click Paste text to copy and paste text from Microsoft Word documents to Visual Editor. By clicking Paste text, copied and pasted text from Microsoft Word documents renders seamlessly. If you are proficient in HTML and consider yourself an advanced HTML author, you might consider switching to Plain Text Editor tool to write and format content for your course.