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10.4: Some perhaps unknown TextEdit features
Authored by: boredzo on Oct 24, '06 05:01:39PM

These are features of the Application Kit's additions to the NSAttributedString class. As such, every application that uses a standard rich text view (these use an attributed string internally) inherits these features. Not necessarily the ability to open webarchives — a developer must be explicit about support for that — but definitely the rectangular selection.

The rectangular selection in AppKit is not that useful, though, because it only lets you delete the selection. You can't copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop the selection elsewhere while keeping the rectangularity; it will be pasted as a series of lines. Neither can you use rectangular selection to actually edit the same substring of multiple lines at once. Both of these are supported in vim (ctrl-v); the latter is supported in SubEthaEdit (which it calls "blockedit" with a slightly different UI).

*crosses fingers for 10.5*

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10.4: Some perhaps unknown TextEdit features
Authored by: zpjet on Oct 25, '06 01:26:23AM

i can copy paste and drag drop and yes it pastes as lines but what else if it's a text?

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