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Old 07-18-2004, 08:30 PM   #1
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Text editor for writing

I have been trying different editors for writing (just plain writing). My goal has been to get away from the GUI where I'm confronted with too many formatting options and the like. I want fewer distractions so that I concentrate instead on what the words say. I used to have this when I ran DOS and Windows and used WordPerfect 5.1, so I was looking for a similar program.

Emacs was more powerful than I needed and seemed bulky. I used Vim for the past few months and found that it was great for typing (fast, easy to learn, clear), but it was a pain for editing. When I was in a paragraph, I couldn't move up to the next line with the up arrow key (that would take me to the previous paragraph). I'm sure there is a work around to that, but I didn't find it.

I did another search tonight and found Joe which reminds me of Vim but lets me move around just like I want it to. Unlike Vim, it's set by default to wrap long lines by breaking at the word (instead of in the middle of a word) and I can move where I want to be in the file.

Two questions:

What editor do any of you think is the best for doing plain writing and why?

Where do I find the best ino on how to use Joe?
Old 07-18-2004, 08:44 PM   #2
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Do " man joe " and there is help.
I use joe all the time and love it.
Old 07-18-2004, 11:44 PM   #3
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I'm a huge fan of emacs because it is so controlable it can be anything

but you might want to try "pico" or it's GNU cousin "nano".
Old 07-19-2004, 01:32 AM   #4
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You already seemed to like vim except for the editing part. By setting a couple of options in your .vim file, you can make it so that vim doesn't jump 1 paragraph at a time when you press {up|down}. Try putting this in your .vim file:

:map <Up> gk
:map <Down> gj

For more information, check out With the number of options vim gives you, you can customize it to behave almost any way you want.




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