Vim inspired · Faster as in less keystrokes · Multiple selections · Orthogonal design
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Pro Good UNIX citizen
It follows the UNIX philosophy by doing one thing well (text editing) and interfaces nicely with other CLI tools.
Pro Will be familiar to vim users
Kakoune first started as a rewrite from scratch of vim, but then ended up being another text editor altogether. So it's inspired in a lot of ways from vim.
Pro Very expressive
Kakoune provides a very expressive set of commands, including various objects selection (paragraph, blocks, words), alignment support, conditional selection filtering...
This set of command is expressive enough to implement all the provided auto indentation logic.
Pro More modern than vim
Pro Actively developed and supported
Pro Text selection mechanism
Kakoune works on selections, which are oriented, inclusive range of characters, selections have an anchor and a cursor character. Most commands move both of them, except when extending selection where the anchor character stays fixed and the cursor one moves around.
Pro Simpler and more consistent than Vim
Some keys select, other keys operate on the selections.
Shift is used to extend the selection,
alt is used for alternative behavior, e.g. reverse the search direction. No inconsistencies like
Y which means
yy and not
y$ in Vim.
A helper pops up when typing commands.
Con Small community
Con Default bindings do not play nice with OS X (Alt+???)
Con No real Windows support
Will compile under CygWin.