'Joe' is an easy-to-use text editor geared toward PC users.
It uses the WordStar / Turbo Pascal command keys, which most
PC users are familiar with, along with its own additions to
create an editor which is both easy enough for novices and
powerful enough for seasoned experts.
Although 'joe' is the default editor when a new account is
issued, the popular UNIX editors 'vi' and 'emacs' are also
available on the system for those who would rather use them.
Refer to the menu documentation for instructions on how to
use the menu to change editors.
Keep in mind that joe is a plain ASCII text editor, not a full
word processor. Formatting issues such as changing fonts and
margins or inserting graphics are best left to page layout
packages such as LaTeX.
Below is a brief tutorial on some of the most commonly used
features of joe. For a complete list of commands, consult the help
pages, read man page by typing `man joe' at the Unix shell prompt,
or read the file /usr/local/lib/joerc.
Joe can be started from the menu. Alternatively, from the Unix
shell, type `joe <filenames>', where `<filenames>' is a
space-separated list of all files you want to edit.
To access online help from within joe, type `<Ctrl>K' (both
keys together) followed by the `R' key (this is often written `^K R').
Along the bottom of the screen will be a list of possible help screens.
Use the arrow keys to highlight your choice and hit <Return>, or type
the first letter of your choice. The appropriate help window
will be displayed at the top of the screen. You may continue
editing the file in the remaining portion of the screen. To
close the help window, type `^K R' again.
Movement by a single line or character is accomplished by pressing
the arrow keys. Hitting `^U' will scroll upwards one screen, and
hitting `^V' will scroll downwards one screen. Hitting `^K L' will
allow you to jump to a specific line number within the file.
To search for a certain text string, type `^K F'. You will
first be prompted for the string for which to search, and then
any other search options (such as case insensitivity, search
direction, etc.). To repeat the most recent search, type `^L'.
To delete a single character, type <Backspace> or <Del>. To
delete an entire line, type `^Y'. Joe also supports block editing.
To mark the beginning of a block, type `^K B'. To mark the end,
type `^K K'. To delete a selected block, type `^K Y'. To move
the block to the current cursor location, type `^K M'. To copy
the block to the current cursor location, leaving the original
block where it is, type `^K C'.
UNDO / REDO:
Joe remembers all changes made to the file and allows you to
undo or redo any changes you make. To undo the most recent
change, type `<Ctrl>-<Shift>-_' (control-underline). To redo
an undone change, type `<Ctrl>-<Shift>-^' (control-caret).
To exit joe and save changes to the current file, type `^K X'.
To exit joe without saving any changes, type `^C'. If any changes
were made, you will be asked if you're sure you want to quit
before joe actually exits.
Last updated 4/04/96