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THE Hessling Editor -- GPLed editor that is probably best free alternative for users who know Kedit or Xedit or want to learn (it's not that difficult and macro language is much better than in Emacs ;-) . Uses Regina REXX Interpreter. See THE Reference - Table of Contents
It is available in precompiled packages from
The author Mark Hessling has other interesting products (see Mark Hessling's Home Page).
You will find here useful stuff when using The
Hessling Editor by
This editor is a free text mode editor basing on the concept of the IBM-mainframe
editor XEDIT or its PC-world clone KEDIT. The editor uses REXX as it's easy
to learn scripting language and thus, THE enables you to either work on files
in an automated way by extending REXX with the editing functions or to extend
the editor by using REXX macros. That way, you can change the behaviour of THE
totally. So THE may be a versatile tool for manipulatin
text files either interactively or by batch.
July 09, 2010
The Hessling Editor (THE) is the editor I stick to. "Folding" and Rexx based Macro are outstanding... Neither Emacs nor Vim does it enough. http://hessling-editor.sourceforge.net
MichaelUnfortunately, I'm finding that all the text editors in Linux are kinda crap (or at the very least seriously outdated when compared to modern standards), both GUI and text based. I use vim for quick edits, and Kate for longer coding, but they are both rather lacking. Emacs, Vim, Kate, Nano, Pico, GEdit, joe, anjuta, eclipse, all have issues as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't think my desired features are all that strange:
- No mode switching. You type it and it appears in the buffer.
- Menu system for all commands and settings. Alt-hotkey moves your focus into the menu system, Esc key gets you out of it.
- Ctrl-S saves. Ctrl-C copies selected text (or current line), Ctrl-X cuts selection. Ctrl-V pastes. Ctrl-Z calls undo. Ctrl-Q exits.
- Cursor movement with arrow keys. Pressing the up arrow moves the cursor directly up, regardless of what is in the previous line. (i.e. don't go to the far left margin if the line only contains a carriage return)
- Easily redefine hotkeys for all commands and navigation.
- Easily list all (multiple) files that are open and navigate among them.
- Both linear and column selection modes.
Most of these features are standard on any GUI app across multiple platforms. Yet Linux and Unix, famed for the power of the command line, have some of the most difficult to use text editors out there. The editors are either powerful and extremely difficult to use, or are easier but have such sparse functionality as to make them useless for anything but the simplest edits.
Grrr... Can anyone suggest a text mode editor that follows modern interface standards?
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