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I'm new to Ubuntu and am trying to figure out some things. In Notepad++ it is possible to use WebEdit plugin and define keyboard shortcuts for different HTML tags. E. g. "Ctrl + p" can wrap the text in paragraph tags.

Is there such an option in some of Ubuntu's editors. Gedit seems quite slim without plugins so I have installed Geany which seems more powerful, but I can't find such a plugin.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

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Have you tried Sublime Text editor? – LnxSlck Mar 18 '13 at 0:57
Looks interesting, but considering this thread… I would have to choose the desired tag each time instead of having separate shortcuts for every tag. – take2 Mar 18 '13 at 1:02
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Found it! Bluefish does it ( It's powerful, simple and available in Software Center (old version though). It seems that it isn't very popular or at least talked about on forums (never heard of it before), but it seems as capable as Notepad++. The only problem is that it's quite complicated to change the shortcuts, but the existing ones aren't that bad either.

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Sublime Text, isn't free nor open source.

I recommend that you look at Geany or Eclipse. Geany is a 'basic' IDE. Geany is to Gedit, on ubuntu, as Notepad++ is to Notepad on Windows.

Eclipse, is a full featured and robust IDE. If you're willing to put in the effort to learn how to use it - it can really kick ass and has plugins (perspectives, etc) for practically any programming task you could find yourself facing.

I personally use Geany for one-off text editing and Eclipse for focused project work. While I'm not sure that they specifically have the ability to "wrap" text as you described. I'm certain that both offer code completion in many situations. Snippets, etc.

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Yes, I like Geany for "normal" editing, but can't find a way to wrap text. Bluefish has it, so I'll try to use that for now. – take2 Mar 18 '13 at 10:31
+1 If you could skip the sublime text rant, please. – MadMike Oct 15 '13 at 9:09
@take2 ist "wrap text" the same as "warp lines"? – MadMike Oct 15 '13 at 9:11

Can you use Sublime Text for example, multi-plataform and high recommended by professional developers, and to create plugins are very easy.

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But that application have that option by default or not? – Lucio Mar 18 '13 at 1:04
I have checked it now and I should purchase a license to use it, so it's not an option. – take2 Mar 18 '13 at 1:08

Any editor that supports the Emmet plugin should be able to do this. Sublime Text has an indefinite full-access trial period, and for god's sake that amount of money is nothing for your #1 tool that you use for hours every day. Yeah, the bus factor is high but at that stage just port across what shortcuts and plugins you can to another one, and in the meantime get on the train - Sublime is really popular and the breadth of well-made plugins is staggering.

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The thing is that I don't use it for hours. I need it for article editing, so that's way less that hours per day and therefore it doesn't make sense for me to pay for a text editor. – take2 Mar 18 '13 at 10:33
Ah, fair enough. My bad. Emmet conquers the awkwardness of HTML, anyway; see if Bluefish supports it. It's made my life a hell of a lot easier. – iono Mar 18 '13 at 20:37
I'm not cheap, I'm just saying. $70 for a "pretty text editor" vs. Eclipse which is free and has a plugin for everything, including one that will write those thank you cards you've been meaning to write since your first marriage... pretty tough sell. – Brandon Bertelsen Mar 19 '13 at 6:48

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