Text Editors

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Text editors are applications that enable you to edit text and program code. On RISC OS, Edit is available in the Apps directory of any recent machine and is quite adequate for rudimentary editing. However, for writing any code (be it C, HTML, or BASIC), it is advisable to use a more powerful program.

RISC OS has two native programs suitable for this task: Zap and StrongED. Both are excellent in their way, and are sufficiently different that most technical users who dislike one will very much like the other.

Some other editors are also available, having been ported from other platforms. The most notable of these is probably Vim. Vim will also work outside the desktop, or via an ANSI task with Nettle, which may occasionally be useful.

Common editor quirks are discussed here.

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