What is the easiest and most accessible editor?

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Mon Nov 29 21:20:47 UTC 2021

All editors listed in this thread so far are available out of the box in 
Not sure you can afford the time needed to try them all, though ;)


Le 2911/2021 à 22:08, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
> ex and that's available whereever vimm is installed and if you know how to
> use ed, ex works very much like it.
> On Mon, 29 Nov 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> Tim here.  It really depends on what environment you're in, how much
>> power you need, how customizable you need it to be, and how you
>> think/operate/use-a-screen-reader.
>> - vi/vim: very powerful, should be available out of the box on most
>>    installs, but a bit opaque.  This is my daily driver for
>>    text-editing.
>> - emacs: also very powerful, the scripting language is LISP and very
>>    customizable; doesn't come out-of-the-box on most installs, but can
>>    be easily added
>> - nano: a much lower learning curve, but also a much lower ceiling.
>>    There are things that I do regularly with vi/vim that would be
>>    impossible with nano
>> - ed: the classic line-based editor.  It *should* be available
>>    out-of-the-box on every system since it's part of the POSIX
>>    specification, but a lot of distros have relegated it to a package
>>    you have to install after the fact.  It's line-based, so it has a
>>    much more input/output based feel to it which can work more
>>    comfortably with a screen-reader, without the need to review the
>>    screen (like the other editors here which have TUIs and take over
>>    the whole display).  When I'm using text-to-speech, I actually
>>    prefer ed.  It's kinda opaque, but learning the basics doesn't take
>>    long, and it's really light-weight yet powerful.  Though I'm biased
>>    since I'm the goofball behind the "ed(1) conference" account on
>>    Twitter (@ed1conf).  There's also "edbrowse" (I believe it was
>>    created by a blind developer) which takes some of the
>>    ideas/interface of "ed" and adds a lot of additional features to it.
>> - joe, jove, and a host of other smaller console text editors.  I
>>    haven't messed around with them as much since I'm content with
>>    what's available out of the box with vi, vim, or ed.
>> Outside a terminal, there are a number of GUI text-editors and IDEs
>> that folks like, but I'm not as well-versed with them since I'm an old
>> terminal dork. (grins)  The accessibility of any of those will
>> definitely vary so you'd have to try each out for yourself.  The nice
>> thing about the terminal is that you can easily review every element
>> on the screen because it's just a grid of characters. GUIs have to
>> expose such information intentionally, at the beneficence of the
>> developer.
>> The learning-curves for vi/vim, ed, and emacs can be a little
>> steeper, but vim comes with a "vimtutor" program that helps walk you
>> through using it.  And to some folks, the modal nature of vi/vim/ed
>> takes a while to get used to.  But anybody who has used a
>> screen-reader likely understands the idea of a "review mode" which is
>> also a modal interface.
>> I've used vi/vim for 20+ years and am glad to help where I can.  You
>> can also find me on the Vim mailing list, on Reddit's /r/vim and as
>> @gumnos on Twitter, and as mentioned, I run the @ed1conf account on
>> Twitter & Mastodon, so I can help there, too.
>> Hope this helps,
>> -tim
>> On November 29, 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>>> Hi Friends,
>>> Since you have been lately discussing configurations and editing
>>> them, changing them, or adding scripts, What is the most accessible
>>> and easiest editor to use in Slint for editing configurations? My
>>> understanding is that Vi, Nano, and Pico all come preinstalled. Are
>>> there other text editors preinstalled? or, Do you recommend one
>>> that I can install if the abovementioned ones are not recommended?
>>> Cheers,
>>> Ibrahim
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