Site Finds… Vim Editor
Recently when I had a problem with my Macbook display- I found many of the tools I use daily would be missed if I no longer had the Macbook to work with.
For example, when writing posts I use the Mac writing software- TextEdit. This tool checks my spelling and allows me to save to an ASCII file that uses very little in the way of escape codes– thereby making it less likely I will have problems when cutting and pasting to WordPress or other online input forms.
The Monday, after the Macbook display issues began- I tried the Windows Notepad offering to write a post– and had problem after problem- including no spellchecker. Of course there is one on Microsoft Word which is installed on all of my Windows systems– however I edit posts far too much for this to be convenient– and for some reason even if I save the file as a plain text file- it inserts soft carriage return escape codes. Not if I set Notepad to “no wrap” however this makes it even harder to edit.
I also knew from past experience– my sites’ [qisoftware.com/hosting-q.com] html pages– should be edited with a software tool like the UNIX VI offering.
So yesterday I went in search of a VI like editor for my Netbook Windows XP platform and found the Vim Editor. Here is a screenshot of the Windows XP Desktop Icons for VIM on my Netbook:
I normally edit my sites’ pages using the Mac Terminal utility and the vi editor bundled with most unix like operating systems. The Vim tool allows me to use a dos/command prompt window and the editor as I would the vi tool within the Macbook’s Terminal window or as a GUI text editor that strips all of the escape codes and provides a spellchecker. I killed two problems with this one find.
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