Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM

What is Little Outliner?


  • Little Outliner is an easy to learn, entry-level outliner that runs in a web browser.

  • It's written in JavaScript and runs in HTML 5.

  • You do not have to register or create an account. Just visit the site, and start typing.

  • It stores text in local storage on your own computer.

  • The user's outline is not transmitted to our servers.

  • There is no charge to use Little Outliner. Use it to become familiar with outliners. For some people the features of Little Outliner will be exactly what they need.

Where can I try it?

What is an outliner?

  • It's an editor that works with hierarchic structures.

  • For a full explanation of how outliners work, check out our new Outliner Howto.

What outliners are used for

  • Notetaking.

  • Organizing projects.

  • Narrating your work.

  • Presentations.

  • Writing.

  • Design.

  • Programming.

  • Specifications.

How does Little Outliner compare to Fargo?

  • It's built on the same outlining technology as Fargo, but comes in a simpler-to-use package, with fewer features.

  • There's a new version of Little Outliner that makes it even more compatible with Fargo.

Screen shot and demo


  • Because we depend on features that are only available in HTML 5, Little Outliner can only work with modern browsers. We've tested with the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

  • We like this platform because it gets us to all the major operating systems, and because it runs in a communication-rich environment (the web) we can do new things with networking. To share an outline, something that was awkward in the past, you just have to exchange a URL. And networking inside outlines, including outlines within other outlines, has huge potential.

  • Also, with the vendors of portable operating systems exerting more control over the kinds of apps they'll allow, we like the freedom this platform offers. Like writers and journalists, developers need freedom to be creative, without unnecessary interference from platform vendors.


  • It can edit a single outline.

  • The outline is saved to local storage, an HTML 5 feature. You can refresh the page, and the outline is still there.

  • The outline can only be accessed on the machine it was created on.

Last built: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

By Dave Winer, Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM. Don't slam the door on the way out.