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hannah187
November 25th, 2012, 12:29 AM
Hi ..
very simple beginners question.

Action: pasting /typing normal text (not writing script) in gedit.

Question: Is it possible to color / make bold part of these texts.

I basically want to highlight important part of the texts. This can be easily done in open office / libre office but I like to use gedit as it is lightweight. Please note that I am not writing any scripts.

Advice if there is any pluglins I need to download for this purpose.

Many thanks

vasa1
November 25th, 2012, 01:51 AM
I don't think that what you want is possible with gedit even with plug-ins. Abiword from the repos is lighter than LibreOffice. You could look at that.
Alternatively, you could use an html editor.

llamabr
November 25th, 2012, 02:31 AM
As gedit is a text editor, and not a word processor, it's probably the wrong tool for what you want. In a text editor, there's no reason to color text yourself, particularly since, as you say, you're not writing scripts.

Maybe say more about what you want to do, and we can pick out the best tool for you.

DuckHook
November 25th, 2012, 02:57 AM
The purpose of gedit is to generate pure unadulterated text files for such things as config files where the last thing wanted are escape characters of the sort used for colour and bolding. Therefore it is incapable of any fancy formatting.

hannah187
November 25th, 2012, 06:06 AM
Maybe say more about what you want to do, and we can pick out the best tool for you.

Definitely all the answers were in the right direction. And now I know that it is not possible in gedit. Thanks.

Task: Want to highlight/color / make bold part of texts that I am writing.

Req: The lightest tool that will allow me to do the above task, plz.

Many thanks

vasa1
November 25th, 2012, 10:21 AM
Retext from the Software Center? It does bold, italics, indents, etc using markdown. It has a preview mode. No color.

llamabr
November 25th, 2012, 05:43 PM
So what you're doing is word processing, not text editing. So what you want is a word processor. Take your pick:


~$ apt-cache search word processor | grep word
calligrawords - word processor for the Calligra Office Suite
calligrawords-data - data files for Words word processor
libreoffice-writer - office productivity suite -- word processor
openoffice.org-writer - office productivity suite -- word processor
abiword - efficient, featureful word processor with collaboration
abiword-common - efficient, featureful word processor with collaboration -- common files
abiword-dbg - debugging symbols for abiword word processor
docvert - converts word processor files to HTML
docvert-libreoffice - converts word processor files to HTML using LibreOffice
docvert-openoffice.org - converts word processor files to HTML using LibreOffice
libabiword-2.9 - efficient, featureful word processor with collaboration -- shared library
libabiword-2.9-dev - efficient, featureful word processor with collaboration -- development files
libbitmask1 - supports multi-word bitmask operations
simplyhtml - Java word processor based on HTML and CSS
wordgrinder - a simple word processor that runs in a terminal
wordnet-grind - WordNet lexicographer files processor

hannah187
November 25th, 2012, 10:26 PM
So what you're doing is word processing, not text editing. So what you want is a word processor. Take your pick:


Thanks a lot. I have now installed abiword. Does what I want to do.

Regards