vibe, a line-editor with vi-compatible keystrokes

Tim Chase blinux.list at
Wed Jul 31 01:28:48 UTC 2013

On July 31, 2013, pj at wrote:
> Being an ageing vi-user, and since vi doesn't handle screen-readers
> well, I've been writing a line-editor in Perl with vi-like
> keystrokes. 

While I've not had great trouble using vi(m) with yasr as my screen
reader, clearly you've had some sort of trouble to go to such
lengths.  So I applaud that and am curious to kick the tires on
vibe. That said, if your screen-reader can successfully read a
terminal window, you might try "stevie", a vi clone that supports
"open mode" (which is not supported in "vim" nor in "nvi"). All the
keystrokes remain the same as in regular vi/vim, but it doesn't
redraw the screen at all, just the bit of text you're currently on.
To access it, start it up:

  bash$ stevie myfile.txt

and then use


to go into "open mode".  It may feel a bit more usable in an
accessible terminal window.

Just a thought.


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