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Manual Reference Pages  -  ASEDIT (1)


asedit - text editor for X/Motif


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asedit [ options ...] [ filename(s) ]


asedit is an easy to use text editor for X Window System built around Motif Text widget. Version 1.3, international free Release, includes the following language versions: English, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish. All commands and messages are localized for each language. The on-line help is available only in English.


The main features include:
- international release (versions for 7 languages)
- graphical user interface (GUI)
- multiple editing windows
- easy to use "point and click" interface
- drag and drop support (Motif 1.2 and above only)
- file selection via file selection dialog
- read only mode to view files
- file insert functionality
- print dialog that allows:

          (i)  selection of a printer and using extra print options
          (ii) selection of a print range (selected text only or
               the complete document)

- comprehensive context sensitive, hypertext on-line help
- multiple undo and redo of edit actions
- Cut/Copy/Paste features
- bookmarks (up to 10)
- parenthesis (pair) matching
- comprehensive search and replace
- line and column numbers
- automatic indentation
- shortcut keys for the most common edit features
- pop-up menu for mouse oriented editing
- special version with keyboard bindings for EMACS’s users
- customization via X11/Motif resources
- easy localization for left to right languages
- spell and sort commands
- commands to change case of letters
- formatting commands (expand/unexpand, move left/right,
indent with, reformat margins)
- user customizable filters (up to 10); following filters
are preconfigured: word count, compress multiple blank
lines, delete blank lines, double space the text,
delete extra spaces;
new filter dialog is also available
- user customizable commands (up to 10); following
commands are preconfigured: pwd, date, hostname;
new command dialog is also available
- extended syntax (on program startup: show line <N>,
open multiple files, set tabstops interval, set
autoindent, etc.)


The following options are available:
-bg <COLOR> sets background (page) color for all elements
-fg <COLOR> sets foreground (text) color
-fn <FONT> sets one font list for the whole program
-fnm <FONT> sets font list for menu items and dialogs
-fnt <FONT> sets font list for the edit text area
-helpdir <DIR> sets directory for the asedit help file (asedit.hlp)
-tab <N> sets the tabstops to interval of N characters
+<N> after opening the file go to line <N>
-emacs turns on Emacs mode (alternate shortcuts set is used)
-/+ai turns on/off autoindent
-/+status turns on/off status line
-/+wrap turns on/off auto wraparound (*slow* before Motif 1.2)
-/+v turns on/off view only mode
..... and all standard X-Window options, including:
-display <HOST:SCREEN>
  sets the display where the window will appear
-geometry <WIDTHxHEIGHT+X+Y> sets window size and position (in pixels)
-iconic starts the program up iconified
-xrm <RESOURCE> sets additional X resource specification

filename(s) Specifies the file that is to be loaded during start-up and edited afterwards. Note that you might specify more than one file. If a file is not specified, asedit starts with a "NoName" file, so text might be entered in immediately.


asedit has a comprehensive, context sensitive, hypertext on-line help, so, to avoid having to keep the information up to date in two places, it will not be duplicated here. For more information see on-line help (just press the help key, F1, whenever you need help when working with asedit ).


Andrzej Stochniol (
30 Hatch Road, London SW16 4PN, UK


Copyright 1992 - 1994 by Andrzej Stochniol

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