When comparing Kakoune vs EmEditor, the Slant community recommends Kakoune for most people. In the question“What are the best programming text editors?” Kakoune is ranked 44th while EmEditor is ranked 51st.
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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 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 Good UNIX citizen
It follows the UNIX philosophy by doing one thing well (text editing) and interfaces nicely with other CLI tools.
Pro Excellent file compare functionality
Comparing files is intuitive and works well.
Pro Very good at handling (large) CSV files
Quickly opens even very large CSVs and converts data to columns according to delimiter. Fast Search/Replace operations.
Pro Opens very large files very fast
Con Small community
Con Lack of options/ability to customize
The ability to customize Kakoune are currently quite limited. Everything is hard coded, and there is a lack of options to choose from.
Con Default themes and syntax coloring not the prettiest
Some syntax highlighting colors and/or themes don't look very good - but can be customised.