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Canvas, WebGL and HTML5 are ready to create a truly ubiquitous, easily extended and smooth text editor for programmers. So let's do it!
Canvas, WebGL and HTML5 are ready to create a truly ubiquitous, easily extended and smooth text editor for programmers. So let's do it!
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A Canvas and WebGL Programmer’s Text Editor

Javascript and HTML5 are becoming mature enough to support a full featured text editor entirely in the browser.  This would provide a solution to the lack of editor on Chrome OS as well as create an ultra-portable cross-platform method to edit text.  Not only is the technology now sufficient, but it can also be used to create an incredibly slick and visually pleasing interface to text.

So what is this?

  • Completely Client Side
  • Smoothly Rendered
  • GPU Accelerated
  • Syntax Highlighting
  • Integrated with Internet Services (Cloud... if you'd like)
  • Easily Extended/Scripted
  • Free and Open Source
  • Tabs, Panels and Split-Screen

This will be a fully featured text editor implemented using the canvas element in HTML5.  It will support WebGL for graphics acceleration for visually pleasing but uncluttered scrolling, anti-aliasing and other effects.  This is designed not for the wow factor but to minimize visual irritation when working with text for long periods of time.  The goal is to make it as simple and streamlined as possible, making it easy to use, light-weight and elegant.

Browsers also have many features of modern text editors built in.  This text editor will be easily extended and scripted using Javascript.  It will have tabs and split screen.  Tabs will allow dragging between windows.  Additionally we'll have direct access to things that other text editors only get with some effort: all of those internet enabled services.  We can integrate tightly with github, DropBox, Box.net, Amazon S3; basically anything with either a Javascript library or HTTP interface of some kind.

Once the core functionality is created the project will be released as open source under the LGPL license.  There are no server side components planned, but if any are produced it will likely be under the AGPL.

And Why Do We Need It?

As a Linux user I am very much used to and enamored of an older breed of text editors.  They provide a great interface for editing just about everything in a wide variety of ways.  They also run just about everywhere.  However, after hours of staring at them I find my eyes becoming fatigued.  What they don’t do is utilize modern hardware.  There are many features that can be used to make the interfaces more visually pleasing, cause less eye strain and make it easier to view and edit large files.  In addition I can't just use them when I'm on an alien machine... and all of my personalization is missing.

Up until now though the benefit of having these features was insufficient to overcome the ubiquity of the console and efficiency of the methods.  Many alternatives exist, but until they can run everywhere easily they will be of no use to those of us who jump from one computer to the next.  But HTML5, Javascript, Canvas and WebGL are reaching a point of maturity that will allow for a text editor to make use of these modern features and travel with the user from system to system, operating system to operating system.  

We can even make it run on Chromebooks!  And make it as simple as possible for new people to get into programming.

But Why Do You Need Money?

This text editor is something I very much want.  But as an independent developer it’s impossible to work on projects (especially open source projects) without a stable foundation.  If this project gets funded I will have the resources to dedicate the necessary time to make sure this gets to a releasable state.  I simply cannot afford to spend time on this without it. 

I believe fully that something like this needs to exist and to be free. But I can't make it without support.

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    Thanks so much for supporting this project! With this you’ll get our handwritten thanks on a postcard and a QR code with the thanks crypto-graphically signed, so that you can prove you were one of the original backers.

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    You'll get the postcard and a high quality vinyl sticker of the to be determined project logo suitable for placing upon almost anything.

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    In addition to the doubly signed postcard and vinyl sticker above we'll give you access to the beta versions as they are released for testing. You'll also be given access to the development forums as well as a vote in important issues such as the name and logo

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    You get the postcard, vinyl sticker and beta access from above, and we'll also ship you your choice of either a limited supporters T-shirt or re-usable tote both made from organic cotton with the program logo. You also get your name (or company name) listed on the “About” page of the program in the supporters section. For you those of you who are international, please pledge a bit more to allow for international shipping.

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    Including everything from above, you'll also receive our thanks written on high quality linen paper suitable for your "me" wall or just general archival. And yes, this document will also contain the signed QR-code for verification.

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    As well as the above rewards (postcard, vinyl sticker, beta access, voting rights, name in supporter's section, linen paper certificate and limited t-shirt or re-usable tote), we'll create a syntax highlighting color scheme to your specifications to be released with the program. You also get to name it!

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    For your incredibly generous support we'll send you a custom, locally made netbook or chromebook sleeve made from upcycled burlap coffee bags from local coffee shops. A link to your website will also appear beside your name in the original supporters section. All of this is in addition to the postcard, vinyl sticker, beta access, voting rights, t-shirt or reusable bag, custom color scheme and the linen paper certificate.

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    As a reward for a pledge of $512 or above we'll write a custom macro to your specifications to be embedded inside of the program as well as the locally made netbook or chromebook sleeve from the $256 reward. You'll also get the postcard, vinyl sticker, beta access, voting rights, name and link in the supporters section, linen paper certificate, and the t-shirt or reusable tote.

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    At $1024 you'll get everything from the $512 reward as well as your logo next to your name and link in the original supporters section of the program and website. You'll also get weekly releases as the project progresses for your testing.

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    That's half the project right there! We'll send you a Samsung Chromebook customized with the project logo and give you all of the other rewards from the $1024 pledge.

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    Wow, you just single-handedly funded the whole project. When the project is publicly released you will receive a copy of the code issued under the Simplified MIT License for your use in whatever you'd like, commercial or free, open or closed. You'll also get your name, link and logo on the supporter's page, developer forum access, a vote in name and logo selection, linen paper document and postcard.

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