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First of all, an editor needs a clipboard. I've learned the necessary tricks for Windows, pico and vi :

  • For Windows, it's CTRL-C, CTRL-V and CTRL-X
  • For pico, it's CTRL-K to erase a line and CTRL-U to paste a set of lines
  • For vi, it's dd to erase a line and p to paste it.

The second nice-to-have thing is the ability to replay keystrokes. pico has no such capability, vi has limited capability by prefixing the number of repetitions to a single command, and the Borland IDEs and proton have that capability. notepad lacks that capability. D'oh.

Syntax highlighting is nice eye-candy that helps immensely when doing some TeX stuff. Both, proton and nedit do that.

Being able to read (and maybe write) both, Unix and DOS line endings is a sure plus, but not really necessary, as I can convert stuff using Perl anyway.

In reply to RE: Editor tricks. by Corion
in thread Editor tricks. by Macphisto

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