Posted: May 19, 2012 11:17 pm
by Xeno
That does not seem a realistic view of TextEdit, in that (IIRC) Apple has buried quite a lot more of the basic text handling, formatting and editing functions into OS libraries since OS X emerged, to simplify and make more consistent editors built for it. Therefore, Textedit looks smaller than it might, being something of a front end such as vi is to ed (loosely put). This is no more than that a progression of commoditising other functions into the OS of course.

I started with vi, which is very easy and quite capable, so why learn emacs when I rarely need to work in terminal anyway? So I brokered local peace with vi and wars went on around me.