Hi there! One feature Airtable has that Coda sadly seems to miss is I would like text boxes to ONLY store text… no formatting, links, images, nothing… just text. This way when I copy paste something it doesn’t come in as H1, or bolded, or as a link.
If you want to copy something without markup, try cmd+shift+v or ctrl+shift+v instead. It removes all markup. Does that help? This isn’t a Coda feature by the way, but something in your OS.
I think what @Kamilla_Foler misses is the automatic sanitization of pasted content without the worry of doing the sanitation through the keyboard. There is a lot users have to think about, and content sanitation to rapidly copy/paste strings that may (or may not) include hidden characters that can make a mess, is not one of them.
So, I get it; however… one aspect that makes Coda so great is its ability to lean into rich text, not away from it. Airtable does this by separating the field types; one for plain text (single line) data and another for multi-line data with or without rich text formatting. They’re meeting the users half way on this point, but Coda is steadfast and unlikely to add the complexity of a field type just to make it sanitize conveniently.
If you take the steps to build this, it will change everything you know about Coda and perceived limitations will begin to vanish.
how about the following: You create one column called “Paste Text here”, which will serve as your repository for pasting text you retrieve as formatted text from some other source. And then, you’ll have a second column, which takes that first column and appends it with .totext(). This removes all formatting from the text.
You can then either copy and paste the non-formatted text, or you can access it formulaically.
Might this be a useful path for you? See screenshot below.