Updated: Unicode text editor MinEd 2000.16

Thomas Wolff towo@computer.org
Wed Feb 24 01:00:00 GMT 2010

                           MinEd  2000.16
                             (Feb 2010)

This release of MinEd introduces two major new features for which it 
is a beta release and I would especially appreciate comments on them:
* Self-made interactive selection highlighting, meaning:
  - Mouse selection highlighting now works in other terminals than just xterm,
    including the cygwin console (from cygwin 1.7.2).
  - Selection highlighting is also applied for keyboard selection.
  A few options are offered to tune selection highlighting; 
  open the Paste buffer menu (from the Options menu or the "%=" flags) 
  and choose options in the visual selection section.

-> Del key changed: With new selection highlighting, the function of 
   the Del keypad key could finally be changed to meet more common 
   user expectations (dual-mode behaviour): if a visual selection is 
   active, delete it, otherwise delete next character.

* Rectangular copy and paste.
  - Applying interactive rectangular selection highlighting.

Both cygwin releases (the cygwin package and the Windows stand-alone package)
register MinEd for invocation from the Windows Explorer context menu 
for text files.

Summary of major enhancements in this release (if relevant for cygwin):

Text editing features:
* New rectangular copy/paste area mode.
* Enhanced smart quotes algorithm and input support for apostrophe.
* Support fow Hawai'ian input.

* Self-made visual selection highlighting, supporting all terminals.
* Changed Del keypad key to more common behaviour.
* Calculated dim attribute for line markers in xterm and mintty.
* Menu navigation: On a submenu entry, cursor-right enters the submenu too.

File handling:
* The text position is now more easily remembered.

* For cygwin:
  * Fixed creation of inter-window paste buffer in case hard link does not work 
    (on FAT or network drives).
  * Enabled mouse navigation without button pressed for cygwin (1.7.2) console.
  * With cygwin 1.7.2, mouse interaction will be enhanced.
* For mintty/cygwin:
  * Various tuning measures to make optimal use of this fine terminal.
  * The mined scrollbar is now enabled by default.
    (For right-to-left text editing, reduce visual confusion with -o.)


Mined is a powerful text editor with a comprehensive yet concise and 
easy-to-use user interface supporting modern interaction paradigms, 
and fast, small-footprint behaviour.

Mined provides both extensive Unicode and CJK support offering many 
specific features and covering special cases that other editors 
are not aware of (like auto-detection features and automatic handling 
of terminal variations, or Han character information).
It was the first editor that supported Unicode in a plain-text terminal 
(like xterm or rxvt).

Basically, mined is an editor tailored to reliable and efficient 
editing of plain text documents and programs, with features and 
interactive behaviour designed for this purpose.


To install mined on cygwin, run the cygwin setup program, 
in the "Select Packages" menu, open the "Editors" category and 
select the mined package.

More information (with screenshots, feature overview and change log) 
and download are available from the mined web site at

Mined is co-hosted at sourceforge and has a mailing list 
which can be subscribed at

Thomas Wolff

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