Linux GUI FAQ/tutorial?
John G. Heim
jheim at math.wisc.edu
Thu Jan 21 16:46:00 UTC 2010
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From: "Octavian Râsnita" <orasnita at gmail.com>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at redhat.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:53 AM
Subject: Re: Linux GUI FAQ/tutorial?
> Hi Trev,
> From: <trev.saunders at gmail.com>
>> Personally I prefer yasr to speakup, and like vim as an editor. vi m
>> works well with yasr, and is useable with speakup.
> Well, maybe my espectations are wrong because they are based mostly on my
> Linux - cli experience in a SecureCRT console from Windows, but I was lost
> each time vi started as a default editor.
> To be more specific, I would like to be able to use an editor that lets me
> to use the arrow keys to read the text line by line and word by word and
> char by char with up and down arrows, control+left and right arrows, or
> simply the left and right arrows, allow me to select the text using the
> shift key, selected text that can be read by the screen reader when I want
> to, to be able to copy/paste the text from a program into another with a
> simple combination of key, execute the currently open program source code
> with a specified interpreter that also offers me the possibility of
> specifying some parameters, find/replace using regular expressions with a
> simple combination of keys, and very few other things.
> I ask if these are possible, because as I said, when vi was opened in an
> SSH console and I tried to use the arrow keys, I used to hear only some
> beep sounds, without beeing able to read anything, and instead of giving
> combinations of keys for exiting/saving like Control+S, Control+Q or
> something like that, I needed to type simple text commands like ":", which
> is very strange for a modern editor.
I think what you really want is a character based program for linux that
works like Windows notepad. I asked around about something like that a
couple of years ago and couldn't find anything. But gedit is pretty close if
you're using gnome.
PS: Vi was invented way back when people were using 300 baud modems. There
used to be religious wars between emacs users and vi users. I was an emacs
user and I once complained about how unnatural vi's user interface was and
somebody told me that it was because it worked really well when editing a
file remotely. I'm not 100% sure that's true but his explanation made sense
at the time.
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