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Re^2: Beginning Problems
in thread Beginning Problems
Most of the GUI text editors make it difficult to save in a plain-ascii plain-text format. They tend to use fancy file formats, save as UTF-16, insert byte-order-marks, or have odd newlines. Dropping down to a terminal-based text editor may be easier than teaching someone how to find the options to turn each of these off in a program you haven't used previously.
(And anyway, nano sucks. vim is better. And probably easier to learn, too.)