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"vi" stands for "VIsual". Oops! Correction: "Visual Interpreter" (thanks b10m). A visual editor is one that's page or screen metaphor based instead of line based. ed, edlin, etc. are nto visual. vi and Emacs certainly are, as is the often underrated Turbo IDE set from Borland and even the lowly DOS editor or my favorite DOS editor to carry on an emergency floppy, TED.

I think you mean "graphical" or "GUI-based", or "pretty". There are versions of both vi and Emacs which are. gvim is one, and I'm almost certain it's available for Windows. Yep, it is, including a version with OLE support if you want, and even a couple versions that will run on Windows 3.1 if you care to do such a thing. There's an XEmacs port to Windows, too, at

NEdit will run on Windows, but you need Cygwin. Search for NEdit I guess, as I don't remember the URL. Programmer's Notepad is decent, although I haven't used it much. There's a plugins feature and a pluggable schemes feature. It does Perl highlighting, and you can get a built-in Scheme compiler as a plugin! It also does Pascal, Java, JavaScript, C++, AutoLisp, VB, SQL and HTML. It can be found at AnyEdit does syntax highlighting, code completion, autocompletion, visual display of tabs and spaces, workspaces, a cliptext window, etc. It's beta and I haven't tried it personally. The screen shots look damn cool, though.

As of this writing, all the above are currently freeasinbeer and freeasinspeech.

Update: I've been corrected. "VI" in vi stands not for just "VIsual", but for "Visual Interpreter". Thanks b10m.

Christopher E. Stith

In reply to Re: Windows Text Editor for Perl by mr_mischief
in thread Windows Text Editor for Perl by tomazos

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