joy of text

Editor with scripting language, security features & system interfaces.

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Why, you might well ask, should we be needing yet another text editor when there are already far more than one could shake a stick at.

Jot was developed specifically for analysis of CAD files. Generally the requirement is to cross-reference two or more files and extract some nugget of information, locate an inconsistency or identify elements mentioned in some report.

Machine-generated plaintext CAD files can be *very* large. The capacity of jot is pretty good but insufficient for the largest of these - jot has an optional filtering feature that can be used to extract the elements required to answer your question.

Although it's natural home is large CAD files, jot is equally useful for extracting information and generating reports and summaries from any kind text file. With the correct agents it can process text from PDFs MS-word docs and spreadsheets.

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  • Powerful (ECCE-like) command language.
  • Recovery of a session following a crash.
  • Tidy handling and display of tabular text especially spreadsheets.
  • Strong interaction with system environment - can interface with helper apps e.g. spelling checkers, text <=> binary converters - in particular spreadsheet, wordprocessor and pdf files.
  • A useful library of command scripts.
  • Easy construction of macro-commands and hot-key mapping.
  • A useful debugging environment.
  • Very well behaved i.e. hardly ever crashes or locks up.
  • Supports unicode
  • Minimal use of magic modes and similar trickery.
  • Hash-table support - allows indexing and speedy lookup in large files.
  • Good support for abnormally wide text.
  • Has a handy document-processing facility - formats paragraphs, maintains headings, interfaces to external spell-check agent.
  • Text can be colour tagged in the display.


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Intended Audience

Advanced End Users, Developers, Engineering

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X Window System (X11)

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