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A program whose main function is composing and modifying text files, without embedded formatting for font, colour etc. A word processor, in contrast, creates proprietary format files that encode font, colour, size etc. One of the main uses of an editor is preparing Java source code or HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) for web pages. Every IDE comes with an editor. An editor might be used to create HTML, which has text formatting, but you work with raw text tags. It lets you create or modify plain text files such as *.txt *.bat *.btm *.csv *.java *.c *.cpp *.xml *.html. Word processors are not text editors, though sometimes they can be used that way.
A serious text editor should have the following features:
Your choice of editor is crucial. You will use it more than any other program. It is very hard to switch editors because they each work differently and you do most of your editing without conscious thought about the particular keystrokes.
My favourite editor is SlickEdit®. However, I am using a very old version since the upgrade is so expensive. My old version cannot handle 16-bit characters. I am currently using JEdit, but is very buggy. My least favourite editor is EMACS (Extensible Macro System). It is just too unlike any other Windows program. Not even the mouse works the same way. It has a powerful LISP (List Processing language) macro language which is why people fall in love with it.
Prices are in . Programmable editors include:
Version 1.5.0_beta3 Last revised/verified: 2016-02-03.
Prices are in . Non programmable editors include:
No programmability, but has keystroke record. Designed for Java, Php, HTML.
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