Text Editor

ne – text editor

ne is a full screen open source text editor. It is intended to be an easier to learn alternative to vi, yet still portable across POSIX-compliant operating systems.

It provides users with a choice of working interfaces so that users can issue commands through control and function keys, at the command line, or by using menus.

ne is easy to use for the beginner, but powerful and fully configurable for the wizard, and most sparing in its resource usage. ne was originally developed on an Amiga 3000T using the curses library and was inspired by that platform’s TurboText editor, written by Martin Taillefer.

Features include:

  • Three user interfaces: control keystrokes, command line, and menus; keystrokes and menus are completely configurable.
  • Syntax highlighting.
  • Full support for UTF-8 files, including multiple-column characters.
  • The number of documents and clips, the dimensions of the display, and the file/line lengths are limited only by the integer size of the machine.
  • Simple scripting language where scripts can be generated via an idiot proof record/play method.
  • Unlimited undo/redo capability (can be disabled with a command).
  • Automatic preferences system based on the extension of the file name being edited.
  • Automatic completion of prefixes using words in your documents as dictionary.
  • File requester with completion features for easy file retrieval.
  • Extended regular expression search and replace à la emacs and vi.
  • A very compact memory model – easily load and modify very large files.
  • Editing of binary files.

Website: ne.di.unimi.it
Support: GitHub
Developer: Sebastiano Vigna (original developer). Additional features added by Todd M. Lewis
License: GNU GPL v3


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