kate-editor.org shaping up

kate-editor.org now contains all articles from the old page still applicable to Kate in KDE 4 and in addition all blog entries of Dominik which are Kate centric.

Beside that it will aggregate the blog entries of Milian for Kate ;)

Still, a lot of work is needed. We already got an offer for help to beautify the page by a web designer, still content writers are missing. You have a nice short post about how to use Kate best? You have some howto? Just contact us or me in private. We can either give you an account on the page or just add your content if you like that more.

Kate: Scripted Actions

Finally, I came around to implement scripted actions for Kate in KDE SC 4.6. Let’s take a look at how this works. When Kate starts, it searches for $KDEDIRS/share/apps/katepart/script/ for *.js files. As example, let’s take a look at utils.js there:

/* kate-script
 * author: Dominik Haumann
 * license: LGPL
 * revision: 3
 * kate-version: 3.4
 * type: commands
 * functions: moveLinesDown

function moveLinesDown()
  var fromLine = -1;
  var toLine = -1;

  var selectionRange = view.selection();
  if (selectionRange.isValid() &&
      selectionRange.end.line < document.lines() - 1)
    toLine = selectionRange.start.line;
    fromLine = selectionRange.end.line + 1;
  } else if (view.cursorPosition().line < document.lines() - 1) {
    toLine = view.cursorPosition().line;
    fromLine = toLine + 1;

  if (fromLine != -1 && toLine != -1) {
    var text = document.line(fromLine);

    document.insertLine(toLine, text);

function action(cmd)
  var a = new Object();
  if (cmd == "moveLinesDown") {
    a.text = i18n("Move Lines Down");
    a.icon = "";
    a.category = "";
    a.interactive = false;
    a.shortcut = "";

  return a;

function help(cmd)
  if (cmd == "moveLinesDown") {
    return i18n("Move selected lines down.");

What happens is the following:

  1. the header tells kate that there is an exported function “moveLinesDown”
  2. so when Kate Part is loaded, it calls “action(moveLinesDown)” to check whether this function should be exposed in the GUI. Here, we return the action info that includes the displayed text, an icon, a category, whether the script needs user input (interactive) and a default shortcut. Of course, you can change the shortcuts, and also configure the toolbars to show the actions.

With this, every user is able to script arbitrary editing functions for Kate Part. We don’t have to implement all those helpers in C++ anymore. The result looks like this:
You can have this already now, you just have to use the development version of Kate :)

Enjoying Tampere

As always, the KDE conference has its funny sides, as you can see on the photo: 4 Kate developers shaping the future of the (as you all know) most awesome application: Kate :-)