Happy news arrived on the kwrite-devel mailing list with this post before Easter
Kate has won the advanced text editor comparison in the Linux Voice magazine – Issue 2, yeah
Nice to see that our work on Kate is awarded.
About Linux Voice: Seems to be some pretty new magazine about Linux & Open Source (Issue 2 says it all) and they promise to give 50% of their profit back to the Free Software community, developers and events. Hope that works out, it is a nice goal.
P.S. And yeah, this is just one comparison and no, lets not start the “editors wars, … edition” in the comments, there are a lot of text editors to choose between and depending on your needs and preferences Kate might not be your favorite
Saturday most Kate developers will depart, therefore now the most work has been finalized (or at least brought to some intermediate state that works OK).
Below, the mandatory screenshot, Kate started without any configuration set in the framework branch, new and shiny:
Find the differences
And one screenshot with some files open:
After the first initial status bar integration into the KatePart, we thought a bit more about what users might expect. Looking at the competition, one common feature is to allow quick-switching the indentation settings.
Joseph gave that a try and we now have an even better version available in the KF5 KTextEditor framework.
Mandatory screenshot (KWrite, Kate or other applications using it will look the same), updated version after feedback below:(Update: Using now again non-bold + Line/Column swapped with status)
Just started to introduce a default status bar to KatePart.
Instead of forcing all applications to implement an own one with varying quality and features, it provides a default status bar that is an improved variant of the status bar of the Kate application. Now Kate and KWrite have exactly the same features there
If the host application doesn’t want that, the KTextEditor interface allows to deactivate it completely.
The new status bar allows e.g. finally to switch the file mode (== highlighting) and encoding directly from the status bar