most accessible editor

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Mon Nov 29 20:52:22 UTC 2021

To do something quickly, learn to use nano.  Read up on nano man nano
ahead of time and learn about .nanorc and what you can put in that file to
customize your nano experience.  By default controls that do commands are
at the bottom of the screen once nano opens up on a file.

On Mon, 29 Nov 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> emacs is available.  It has a tutorial to run to learn it.  There is also
> emacspeak that can turn emacs into a talking linux environment for those
> that will use it.  Best to learn emacs first then move onto emacspeak
> since that'll be another learning curve.  Both of these have learning
> curves but the reason to learn at least one or both is the extra
> extensions that can be installed on them to get all manner of work done
> you can't do with nano or vi or pico.
> Nano is supposed to be an improved successor to pico with more features.
> The vi editor is peculiar and unique in that when you start it up it's in
> command mode and you toggle between command mode and input mode using the
> escape key.  Not the case with the other editors mentioned.  Command mode
> can be a highly dangerous place to be especially for a new vi user when
> starting out.
> The emacs editor/platform has its own help list any subscriber can write
> and ask questions and get pointed to web pages or documentation already on
> their system.  Slint already has emacs and info installed and typing info
> emacs gets you into that documentation.  A couple other info commands to
> try are info info, info erc, info org, info forms, info eww, and info
> newsticker.  All of this runs out of emacs; once emacs is started these
> other commands can be run.
> In emacs you start out in input mode if you open a file with it.
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