axe

AXE(1)                      General Commands Manual                     AXE(1)



NAME
       aXe - an X editor

SYNOPSIS
       axe [ -toolkitoption ...] [ -option ... ] [ filename ... ] [ -buffer
       filename ...]

DESCRIPTION
       aXe is a simple to use text editor for X that represents a significant
       improvement over xedit. Also built around the Athena Text Widget it
       features, amongst other things,

          o multiple windows
          o multiple buffers
          o default menu interface
          o configurable menus
          o optional configurable button interface
          o minibuffer for expert use and access to external filters
          o provision for defining a keyboard macro
          o geometry specification and resizing in terms of characters
          o file selection via a browser
          o knowledge of line numbers
          o parenthesis matching
          o regular expression searching
          o restricted or unlimited undo
          o ability to change font
          o easy entry of control codes
          o xterm-like keymap feature
          o easy runtime setting of selected preferences (resources)
          o both brief and comprehensive (hypertext) on-line help
          o server mode with cooperating client programs
          o optional extension language using Tcl
          o optional Xaw3d widget set compatability
          o collection of reusable widgets that embody the functionality of
       aXe

       By default aXe provides a menu interface to some common Text Widget
       operations and most of its extra features. An optional button
       interface, in which there is one button present for every static menu
       entry, can be selected via the keyword -buttons, or by setting the top
       level resource buttons.  A reduced button interface is configurable.

       Individual file names on the command line will be allocated to separate
       windows. A list of file names introduced by the keyword -buffer will be
       allocated to buffers belonging to the same window (an older, still
       supported feature, enables the same to be achieved by quoting the list
       of names). Note that files destined for individual windows must precede
       those for buffers if the -buffer keyword is used. An initial number of
       windows to open can be specified on the command line by using the
       keyword -windows or by giving the top level resource windows a numeric
       value.  The value of windows is ignored if the files specified on the
       command line require more than that number of windows.

       If a top level geometry resource is provided, e.g. by using the toolkit
       keyword -geometry, then the width and height fields will be interpreted
       to mean the numbers of columns and rows respectively that editing
       widnows are to have.

       aXe also acts as a server of editing windows to cooperating clients.
       Two, coaxe and faxe, are provided as part of the aXe suite. Server mode
       is the default, but can be switched off by using the command line
       keyword -noserver, or by setting the top level resource server False

       aXe has comprehensive on-line help, so, to avoid having to keep the
       information up to date in two places, it will not be duplicated here.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
       That aXe makes use of code from Byron Rakitzis' rc command interpreter
       that is based on AT&T's Plan 9 shell of the same name is duly
       acknowledged.

SEE ALSO
       xedit(1), Athena Widget (Xaw) documentation

AUTHOR
       Jim Wight (j.k.wight@newcastle.ac.uk)
       Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle, Newcastle
       upon Tyne, UK, NE1 7RU





aXe Release 6.0                  January 1994                           AXE(1)