[Aleph] off-topic: unicode editors (was: OTP and verbatim)
Firmicus at ankabut.net
Firmicus at ankabut.net
Tue Apr 5 15:19:50 CEST 2005
Many many weeks ago, Idris Samawi Hamid wrote:
> Eventually I want to c a TeX-friendly Unicode editor so I can dispense
> with transcriptions for the most part...
[NB: This is somewhat off-topic but I thought some readers of this list
Nowadays I seldom use transcriptions, except when entering individual,
rarely-used characters or symbols.
May I suggest some open-source TeX-friendly Unicode editors that work on
*jEdit* (www.jedit.org) is a user-friendly, full-featured, extensible
programmer's editor. It natively supports unicode and has a simple but
efficient LaTeX support in the form of syntax highlightning, a third
party plug-in, clip-ins, etc. This editor is written entirely in Java,
so it may be a bit slow to start, especially on older machines. It has
become quite popular even outside the Javacentric world. It is great for
XML editing too.
My favorite is *VIM* (www.vim.org <http://www.vim.org>), a fantastic
editor with excellent latex support (see vim-latex-suite.sf.net
<http://vim-latex-suite.sf.net>) and full unicode support. You can
define your own keymaps to type Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Greek, etc.
(even CJK). True bidirectionality is not yet implemented but you can
switch from LR to RL display. I seriously tried VIM only recently (of
course I had met old vi in the early '90s on Unix ...), and it has since
become my editor of choice.
I am not a fan of *emacs* (a simple matter of taste, not ideology), but,
combined with AucTeX, it certainly makes a very powerful LaTeX editor.
Unicode support is good but I think not as advanced as with VIM. I never
tried MULE since it does not support Arabic script. There also exists a
small and fast emacs clone called *qEmacs*
(http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemacs/) with built-in support for
bidirectional display, full Unicode support and built-in latex-mode. Its
current development is not very active, though, and I don't know whether
many people use it, but it is worth a try!! I think it would be an ideal
editor on a handheld computer.
Now for specific platforms:
Under GNU/Linux with KDE there is *kile* (which stands for _K_DE
_I_ntegrated _L_aTeX _E_nvironment). It is certainly at least as good as
*WinEdt* (if not actually much better), and like most modern Linux
applications, it supports Unicode. If you enjoy WinEdt on Windows and
are ready to switch to Linux, you will love it.
For easy typing of uncommon scripts and alphabets, the following two
well-known Unicode editors are fine:
*SC Unipad *(commercial, unipad.org <http://www.unipad.org>) is a good
multilingual Unicode editor for Windows, and *yudit* (www.yudit.org
<http://www.yudit.org>) is an open source alternative with several nice
features. Both editors only offer the most basic editing tools, however,
so that you wouldn't use them as "real" editors.
For Mac OS X there exists a complete TeX typesetting system with Unicode
and Mac OS X font technology, called *XeTeX*, which combined with
*TeXShop* (a TeX GUI, see
<http://www.uoregon.edu/%7Ekoch/texshop/texshop.html>) seems to deliver
a fantastic typesetting environment. XeTeX's url is:
Makes me wish I had a PowerMac :-)
Hope this is useful.
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