glossary - editors

addressing commands The set of vi commands where you say what you want to work with (like a word, a line, etc.) Example:
the d command:
dw means delete word
db means delete the preceding word
More about addressing commands at
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    wikipedia
AD-dress-eeng kum-MANDS
colon commands the commands you type at the colon prompt. These commands do things like search and replace, read in contents of another file, etc :%s/TAR/Free Tibet/g More about colon commands at
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KOLE-un kum-mands
colon prompt the : at the bottom of the screen, where you can type colon commands. :r anotherfile.txt More about colon prompt at
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KOLE-un prompt
command mode The vi mode in which you do things to your file (not writing text in it) substitute words, rearrange lines, delete text More about command mode at
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kum-MAND mode
control character A non-printing character – a code point (a number) in a character set that does not in itself represent a written symbol. Such as BEL (intended to cause an audible signal in the receiving terminal), SYN (a synchronization signal). More about control character at
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kun-TROL kare-uk-tur
control code See control character More about control code at
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kun-TROL kode
editor An editor is a program to edit files. They can be any kind of file, not just ascii text, such as binary files. The editor vi is used to edit ascii text files such as html, php, and unix configuration files. Some other editor may be used to edit the hexadecimal numbers in a file. More about editor at
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ED-i-tor
emacs "A great operating system — it lacks a good editor, though." More about emacs at
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See also:
www.splange.freeserve.co.uk/ misc/vi.html
EE-macs
escape sequence An unprintable sequence of characters that usually specifies that your terminal take a specific action, such as clearing the screen. ^L clears the screen. More about escape sequence at
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es-KAPE see-kwens
insert mode The vi mode in which you insert or add words into your file. Any one of: i, a, o, or O will put you in insert mode. More about insert mode at
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in-SERT mode
interface A program or display that gives a human a way to talk to the computer, and the computer a way to talk to the human. interpreter, shell More about interface at
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in TUR face
modal A modal program has multiple ways of doing things (modes) that give you different capabilities. In vi, a modal editor, if you press x in insert mode you will type the letter x. In command mode it will delete a character. More about modal at
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MO-dul
mode More about mode at
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mode
modeless A modeless program always interprets a key the same way. Opposite of modal. More about modeless at
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MODE-less
replace mode A mode of vi in which any characters you type replace those already in the file. In command mode, use commands like s, r, or cw to replace characters or words. More about replace mode at
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ree-PLAS mode
string Sequences of various simple objects. Usually these "simple objects" will be printable characters and the control codes that are used with them, but they may also be binary code. string as related to computers, at Wikipedia More about string at
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string
text One or more characters Character as related to computers, and plain text, at Wikipedia More about text at
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text
transpose case To switch uppercase letters to lowercase, or lowercase to uppercase ABC -> abc More about transpose case at
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trans-POZ case
vi A powerful modal editor. Written by Bill Joy, Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer, in 1976. Included as the default editor in every unix system. More about vi at
    foldoc.org
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    wikipedia
See also:
thomer.com/vi/vi.html
vee-eye