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Ne (text editor)

Software information
DeveloperSebastiano Vigna
Initial release1993
Stable release2.2
Latest release dateMarch 10, 2011
Written inC
Operating systemPOSIX/Unix/Linux
Available inC
TypeText editor
LicenseGPLv3
Websitehttp://ne.dsi.unimi.it/

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ne (for "nice editor") is a console text editor for POSIX computer operating systems such as Linux or Mac OS X. It uses the terminfo library, but it can also be compiled using a bundled copy of the GNU termcap implementation. There is also a Cygwin version. It was developed by Sebastiano Vigna of the University of Milan, Italy

ne is intended to provide an alternative to vi that will be more familiar to modern users and still be portable across all POSIX-compliant operating systems. It uses common keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl-Q to quit and Ctrl-O to open a file instead of the multi-mode command structure of vi. It has full support for UTF-8, syntax highlighting, regular expressions and is binary clean.

ne was originally developed on the Amiga and inspired by that platform's TurboText editor, which was written by Martin Taillefer. Development then moved to Linux. Todd Lewis joined the development team, donating code he wrote to add features required at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Daniele Filaretti helped with syntax highlighting using code derived from the Joe editor.




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