Dimitre's Text Editor (was Re: Should XSLT be us
I am tempted to produce a simple text editor, totally controlled by an XSLT stylesheet (similar to the way the XSLT calculator is totally controlled by a stylesheet). All necessary functionality already exists: Word breaking (tokenisation). Find/Replace. Text justification (str-split-to-lines pimplements left justification, but it will not be a problem to shift the last word on a line so that its last character is aligned on the right boundary. One can even use the random number generator of FXSL in order to randomly spread the few additional spaces between different words on the line). Spelling checking -- demonstrated recently. Generation of alternative words having correct spelling (if I remember well, I demonstrated on this list how this can be done using FXSL 2-3 years ago) Word count/frequencies -- demonstrated on this list by Mike Kay not long ago. Is there any other major text-editing feature I've missed? Cheers, Dimitre Novatchev. -------------------------------------------------------------- Hi, Dimitre, That's a neat idea. I can think of tons of good things for a text editor (I'm sure we all can). Here are a few that come to mind: Syntax highlighting, User-selectable font (family and size), Smart element insertion (so that I can quickly wrap one element around another in all the tagged markup languages). However, I recognize that you aren't trying to make a salable product. So I suppose sticking to just the very basics (similar to Notepad) is the wise course. My only quibble so far is that I'd want to see the extra spaces for justification inserted evenly rather than randomly. Mind you, I never use right justification in a text editor anyway. However, if I did use it, I'd want it to be evenly done. Just my $.02. Jay Bryant Bryant Communication Services (presently consulting at Synergistic Solution Technologies)
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