What is the easiest and most accessible editor?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Mon Nov 29 21:45:55 UTC 2021

Anybody that tries to do anything with emacs without doing the tutorial
probably has no business using a computer since all they're guarranteed to
do is get themselves into trouble.  For the slint case, both command line
and g.u.i. are available by default and one can start in either
environment which they select during install.

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

> 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.
> ~Kyle
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