I'm looking to offer people an alternative to using Google Docs (and to use it myself). I'm not constraining myself to a specific use case, like this question - I'm interested in a general alternative with a similar feature set.
What are the differences, though?
- All "basic" features of Google Docs, except perhaps for storage of images/media. I won't spell out a long list of strictly necessary basic editing, made a reasonable judgement yourselves.
- You're not actively spied upon (e.g. in the sense of Google and the NSA) - not because I'm interested in doing secretive work, just on principle and for not feeling exploited like that.
- Responsive, without noticeable lag, when one person is editing, even with 5-6 other people looking at the document
- Does not communicate with large social networks or other corporate systems in order to do its job.
- Responsive, without noticeable lag, even when 5-6 people are editing simultaneously
- No need to create an account in order to edit when invited or having the link, e.g. you can just use an arbitrary nickname with no authentication that you're the same person as before. There could be authenticated users, but that should be an option, not mandatory.
- The code behind the service is libre-licensed
- You can theoretically self-host
- Support for Right-To-Left content (including setting paragraph direction - which is not the same thing as the alignment).
- Operated by non-commercial entity.
- No ads.