Important features for editors

Steve Simmons square.steve at
Thu Jul 4 18:14:27 CEST 2013

To Rurpy and cutems93,

My apologies too.  I reacted before I thought about creating a new thread.

To your question:  One thing that I don't use daily but find very useful to
have in an editor is  'Hex View' (or better yet a 'Hex Editor').

Whilst it has been 'dissed' recently on this list, I like Notepad++ for
everyday editing but if I'm head-down in a particular language, I prefer to
be in an IDE.


On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM, <rurpy at> wrote:

> On 07/04/2013 08:24 AM, MRAB wrote:
> > On 04/07/2013 14:22, Tim Chase wrote:
> >> On 2013-07-04 05:02, Dave Angel wrote:
> >> [snip an excellent list of things to look for in an editor]
> > It's 2013, yet Unicode support is merely a "nice-to-have"?
> I agree that this is pretty important.  Even if you don't
> have to deal with Unicode today, the chances are good that
> you will need to, if only in an occasional way, in the
> future.
> One thing not mentioned (sorry if I missed it) that I
> use more than many of the features that have been mentioned
> is some form of advanced search/replace.  I.e. something
> that can do regular expression searches and replaces
> including multiline ones.
> Another feature I find necessary is very fast start up time
> since I open an editor hundreds of times a day.
> Because advanced features and fast startup seem to be mutually
> exclusive, I often use two editors, a simple but quick starting
> one like Gedit on Linux or Notepad on Windows for 90% of
> routine editing and Emacs for the the other 10% when I need
> to do something more powerful.  But as a disclaimer I should
> add that I do not spend 8+ hours a day doing nothing but
> programming so YMMV.
> BTW, the group is currently having a problem both with
> trolls and with regulars here that bite at every baited
> hook that drifts past their screen.  There seems to nothing
> to be done other than ignore the obnoxious posts but I am
> sorry they have infiltrated your discussion.  Hopefully
> this comment won't add to the problem.
> --
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