Mined: An Editor with Extensive Unicode and
Intended Audience: Software Engineers, Site Coordinators, Systems Analysts, Technical Writers, Testers, Web Administrators, Software Developers
Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Many Unicode editors are GUI applications that use a graphical or font-related API to display Unicode text. But much work is done in traditional text-based terminal environments, like xterm. Mined was the first editor that supported UTF-8 in this environment.
As a problem with the text terminal environment, there is no well-defined uniform interface for character properties to make their handling compliant with that of the terminal. Most editors cannot handle display of wide and single-width characters, and combining characters consistently for a range of differently behaving terminals. The locale mechanism is not sufficient here for a number of reasons.
The approach of mined is to detect terminal properties automatically and adjusts its handling of character cell width and characters that are combined or joined (Arabic ligatures), to ensure maximal display consistency for the users.
There are some other unique features of mined;
Mined brings this together with a range of text and program editing features, an intuitive user interface, and a robust text and file handling engine.