Editable User Interface (EUI, eui_vim) : The use of a text editor as the user interface to applications.
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The plugin eui_vim concerns the use of a text editor as the user
interface to applications: the "Editable User Interface".
It presents an alternative to incorporating applications into the
text editor as a tightly bound, monolithic product and to
resisting any integration of the text-editor with other
applications for non-text-editing functions.
The conceptualization of the ''Editable User Interface'' helps
define and delimit the role of the text editor in facilitating the
use of diverse applications. In such a role, the text editor is
delimited to being an interface only, i.e., in regard to support
of non-text-editing tasks, it is delimited to
* rendering user input,
* transferring user commands and data to the external application,
* responding to (text-editing) commands from the external application and
* rendering the external application's output to the user.
(In the above, rendering refers to display of text.)
As a specific example of the abstraction "Editable User Interface",
the code presented here, eui_vim.vim and eui_vim.pl illustrate how
one can use the Vim editor as an user interface to other applications.
Most of the value of this plugin lies in the ideas expounded
in eui_vim.txt or in http://www.sonic.net/~suresh/eui/
(and, perhaps, by way of the comments in the .vim and .pl code).
Table of Contents of eui_vim.txt
Graphical, Keyboard and Pseudo-keyboard User Interfaces
Editable User Interface
The Text Editor
The PC as a Product
How the transfers are done
Format of the fifo-file
Eui_vim has been tested on Windows 98 with the ''Big version with
GUI'' Vim 6.2 (requires +clientserver, but perl support is not
required). It is unlikely to work as-is on unix (the port to
unix is likely to be simpler).
Essentially, unzip eui_vim.zip into the vimfiles directory while
preserving folder names and regenerate the help-tags.
Unzipping deploys three files:
The help-tags can be regenerated, for example, by executing
":helptags $vim\vimfiles\doc" from within vim.
In systems that don't have perl, eui_vim.pl can be replaced by a
self-contained executable, eui_vim.exe available from the author.
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