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VE: a Video Editor
VE is a video editor package that supports simple two-dimensional
editing. It runs in conjunction with ANTE (A Nother Text Editor), as a
macro of that editor. Fundamentally, VE executes basic ANTE commands
while maintaining an image of the edited text.
Unlike some other video editors, VE is normally in command mode
rather than insert or replace mode. Commands are therefore normal
characters rather than control characters, and inserts must be ended
with escapes. VE is meant for people who prefer hitting a few keys in a
row rather than a few keys all at once.
i indicates a positive numeric argument
n indicates a positive or negative numeric argument
[string] indicates a string argument
ANTE Commands Unchanged in VE
iV (if an argument is given it becomes the default window size)
i<backspace> (takes a numeric argument)
i<linefeed> (takes a numeric argument)
i<control-L> (takes a numeric argument)
i<control-N> (takes a numeric argument)
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ANTE Commands Modified in VE
G get text saved by P and X
M[string] execute string as a macro
(After the macro given to the M command is executed,
VE pauses to allow inspection of possible output.
VE continues after any character is typed.
If a space is typed VE will attempt to return to the old window;
otherwise VE will execute a V command.)
P save text last deleted, adding to other saved text
Q jump to saved pointer
T redisplay current line
U save pointer
X save text last deleted, replacing other saved text
\ 0J and V
/ zJ and V
nW adjust window up/down without moving cursor
i< -iL and V (the default value for i is 5)
i> iL and V (the default value for i is 5)
i~ move backward in window lengths and perform a V
i+ move forward in window lengths and perform a V
E exit from VE
nF execute the last R or S command again
Y delete text from saved pointer to current pointer
' delete, X, G (a prefix to deletion commands)
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Deletion: The text removed by any deletion command is saved and
can be recovered via the X, P, and G commands. When a
number of deletions are made in a row the text of all
deletions is saved together.
Insertion: During insertion the <control-P> switch changes the
input mode back and forth between regular mode and prose
mode. In prose mode a <carraige-return> and <line-feed>
are automatically inserted 1) after a period, 2) after a
comma if it occurs close to the right-hand margin, and
3) instead of a space if it occurs close to the
right-hand margin. Prose mode can be overridden for a
single character via <control-V>.
Loading VE into ANTE:
VE is loaded into a selected q-register and executed.
The ANTE command EPXSYS:VE$$ will load VE into
q-register X, which then will be executed by MX$$.
Input-Output: VE performs no I/O of itself; regular ANTE commands are
used. They may be invoked either before and after VE is
executed, or via the M command in VE.
VE uses the following q-registers: text and value -- C,
D, G, I, J, K, R, S, U, V, 7, 8, 9; value only -- N and
Terminals: VE works with Teleray 1000 Series terminals or