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Chapter 17. Text Editing on Mac OS X > Graphical Text Editors

17.3. Graphical Text Editors

Aqua's default text view, found in nearly every Cocoa application that involves text entry, is laden with a wide and predictable range of features. For a core OS service, the standard Aqua textbox gives you some fairly sophisticated editing tools.

First of all, there's a myriad of undocumented keystrokes you can use to quickly move your cursor around, besides the obvious use of the arrow keys, or the even more obvious (and time-consuming) use of the mouse. These have been variously cribbed from Microsoft Word, NeXTSTEP, and even the Emacs text editor. (In this table, a "line" means a single row of text as it appears in the window, and a "paragraph" means any number of rows, bound on either end by either a hard carriage return or the start or end of the text area.)


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