What is the easiest and most accessible editor?
Linux for blind general discussion
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Mon Nov 29 21:31:32 UTC 2021
Unless you are running a text-only installation, installing from scratch,
editing configs before you have a desktop environment installed or working
remotely, your best bet is going to be whatever editor comes with your desktop
environment. Usually that will be either pluma on the MATE desktop, gedit on the
GNOME desktop, or you may have leafpad or mousepad installed. Any of these give
you very easy cut/copy/paste functionality, easy to use find/replace pop-up
windows and a fully accessible menu system for doing other things. All these
editors are fully accessible to Orca and are found in your accessories menu or
its equivalent depending on your desktop.
If you are looking for a terminal-based text editor, usually for installing a
system manually or working remotely via ssh, the best and easiest to use by far
is nano, although I usually like to use pluma even over ssh, since sshfs mounts
my servers as if they are on the local disk, so I get access to every file on my
servers just as if they are right on the computer I'm using to access them. I
have edited server configs and even websites in this way.
Forget EMACS. I gave up on that crap after 5 minutes of mucking about in it, and
emacspeak didn't make it any better. A text editor should make it as easy as
possible to edit text, and that is all. It shouldn't require a computer science
degree, nor should it try to be a complete desktop that tries to turn every
application into an editor. The editors I mention here are mostly
straight-forward, with the possible exception of nano, which is mostly
consistent with pico, but not so consistent with any other desktop editor, and
they all do what they should and nothing extra or overly complicated. If you
want complicated text handling and word processing, LibreOffice Writer is the
way to go, as it's a sophisticated word processor, not a text editor.
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