OS X Frustration


in Geek stuff, Internet matters, Rants

One unforgivably bad thing about OS X is that it completely lacks an appropriate text editor for working with HTML, scripts, or other such text files where you don’t want any formatting artifacts inserted. If you want to see what I mean, open an HTML file in TextEdit, change a view things, and try loading it in Firefox. Even worse, try getting htaccess files properly configured.

Anticipating the response: yes, there are the command line Unix editors – vi, emacs, and that ilk. Even when I used Linux as my primary OS, I was never at some with these infuriating throwbacks to the days of weakly glowing green CRT monitors. Yes, they are very powerful. No, nobody who doesn’t have an intense passion for computer science would ever be justified in putting in the time to learn their byzantine interfaces.

Come on, Mr. Jobs. At least put something like the freeware jEdit into the next version as standard. If you can include the entirety of the child-oriented World Book Encyclopedia, you can spare three megs.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous December 28, 2005 at 1:02 pm

I’m sure you’ve heard the old joke: emacs is a pretty good operating system, but it needs a decent text editor.

Anonymous April 11, 2006 at 11:11 pm

A slumber did my spirit seal

A slumber did my spirit seal;
I had no human fears:
She seemed a thing that could not feel
The touch of earthly years.
No motion has she now, no force;
She neither hears nor sees;
Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course,
With rocks, and stones, and trees.

textmate fan February 23, 2009 at 12:38 am

TextMate is an excellent option.

Apple should buy it and incorporate it for free into the next version of OS X.

Milan July 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

TextMate is a good option, and I have been using it for years.

Given that I only really use it to edit HTML, CSS, and PHP, I am only scratching the surface of its capabilities.

Not too many people are willing to pay $50 for a text editor, however.

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