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June 28, 2021

Text editors inhabit a weird space in computing. What could be simpler than transcribing the ramblings of an operator into characters on a blank screen? And yet there are dozens, possibly hundreds, of different ways to do it, all targeting different use cases, writing styles, feature sets, abilities, and trade-offs. There’s a reason new ones still come out, despite the industry existing for decades. — Thinking out loud about Vim