What Unicode editors are there on Unix?
Further additions are welcome.
- Gaspar Sinai's
Unicode editor Yudit is a must-have, the best
in contemporary Unicode support on Unix and has a lot of features
- GNU Emacs 20 includes the MULE multilingual extension which unfortunately avoids Unicode
and uses some non-standard internal encoding. Otfried Cheong has already
written a unicode.el
and utf2mule module to use UTF-8 within GNU Emacs 20.3. There is
hope that Emacs 21 will turn to Unicode completely. Richard Stallman
is being advised by the firstname.lastname@example.org circle. Since Emacs is
not just an editor but a programmable Lisp environment its Unicode
support will help a lot to read and write web pages, mails and news in
UTF-8 and run shells and other tools in a UTF-8 environment. Emacs
has already been using 24-bit-characters (atoms) internally for quite
- Wily & Co.
- The powerful but uneasy to handle Plan9 derivates Wily and
9term and Rob
Pike's text editor Sam for Unix are all
based on Rob Pike's libXg and can be used to edit UTF-8 text.
Leisher's Multilingual Unicode Text Toolkit MUTT is a Motif-based
tool suite with many interesting features (Arabic, combining
characters, Tcl input methods) but so far only available as Linux
binary prerelease without any documentation besides wonderful presentations.
- VI & Co.
- In November 1998, I wrote: The availability of
usable Unicode terminals could fuel
Unicode support on termcap/curses-based editors like the traditional
Berkeley Unix visual editor vi.
- In July 1999, the first editor to fulfill the stated
prophecy in the UTF-8-enabled xterm is
minimal editor mined
- A minimalistic Emacs-lookalike to run in the xterm -u8
amended by Robert
Brady and by
Tomohiro Kubota is QEmacs by Fabrice Bellard
February 21, 2001