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GNU Zile

A text editor development kit.

GNU Zile is a text editor development kit, so that you can (relatively) quickly develop your own ideal text editor without reinventing the wheel for many of the common algorithms and data-structures needed to do so.

  • It comes with an example implementation of a lightweight Emacs clone, called Zemacs. Every Emacs user should feel at home with Zemacs. Zemacs is aimed at small footprint systems and quick editing sessions (it starts up and shuts down instantly).
  • More editors implemented over the Zile frameworks are forthcoming as the data-structures and interfaces improve: Zz an emacs inspired editor using Lua as an extension language; Zee a minimalist non-modal editor; Zi a lightweight vi clone; and more...
  • Zile is a collection of algorithms and data-structures that currently support all basic Emacs-like editing features: it is 8-bit clean (though Unicode support is not ready yet), and the number of editing buffers and windows is only limited by available memoryand screen space respectively. Registers, minibuffer completion and auto fill are available.
  • Zemacs implements a subset of Emacs with identical function and variable names, continuing the spirit of the earlier Zile editor implemented in C.

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released on 18 October 2016

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:GPLv3orlaterAndrew Engelbrecht6 December 2011

Leaders and contributors

Gary V. Vaughan Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
bug reports, enhancementsMailing List Info/Archivehttp://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-zile
user helpMailing List Info/Archivehttp://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/help-zile
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttp://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/zile.git

Software prerequisites

Source requirementLua

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 20 May 2017.


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