Bluefish editor : Java Glossary
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- Bluefish editor
Bluefish is an open-source programmers’ and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
- free and open source
- When you highlight a tag, it automatically highlights the matching end tag.
This does not affect the usual keystroke insertion logic.
- It checks spelling as your type.
- It can convert chars to entities and back, with fine control.
- It properly highlights entities. The colour scheme for syntax highlighting is
- It supports plug-ins. There are a number available to extend the editor.
- It supports many languages besides HTML.
You could use it as your general programming editor. This saves you adjusting
keystrokes an editing techniques for every editing task.
- It will convert tags to upper or lower case, but it won’t do it
- You can insert common entities from a structured menu. Entities are property
- The type is unusually clear. The trick may be a combination of using
anti-aliasing, choosing a good mono font and avoiding a high contrast black text
In summary, it is a responsive, well-written editor. It is young and still
missing specialised features.
- It does not provide any means to apply style classes to selections. With three
clicks, it will wrap a <span>…</span> sandwich around a selection, but
does nothing to apply the <span class=xxx>
- You cannot edit visually. It does not even have a preview mode.
- It’s keystroke look-ahead suggestions about what you might be about to
type are a bit brain-damaged. It does not even understand the notion of nested
- It has no syntax checker or beautifier.