LES is More

Newsletter of the Line Editor's Society

EDited by Ed

X\X\X\X\X\X\X\X\X\X\X\--Vol 36, No. 5, 2007--X\X\X\X\X\X\X\X\X\X\X\
Correspondence to:

From the EDitor:

Welcome to another great (we hope!) issue of our "LES is More"
newsletter. Our Line Editor's Society has been putting this out
ever since I started in this business lo those 36 years ago!

So, how are we doing?

We want to hear from other Line Editors working out there!

We are happy to report that Line Editors are still in the news!
A fan of Edlin put up a very nice website about him. Visit
http://iskra.tripod.com/edlin for that! Also, I was interviewed
recently. Go to http://www.nyx.net/~ewilli/ed.html. And Ex
continues to be featured wherever Vi goes, such as here:

I would like to share a story, my philosophy really, about what
it means to be a Line Editor today. The world is so fast-paced:
high-speed Internet access, cheeseburgers in a nano second,
daughters acting like teenagers at age 10. Too fast!
We Line Editors, on the other hand, take it a line at a time.
"Don't rush. Take time with the text." That's what we do.
And I'd like to think the world is better for it.


Dear ED,

Do you have any advice for those who have thought about leaving
the profession to become a Screen Editor or even a Word Processor?

Concerned in Oakland

ED responds:

Dear Concerned,

You have every right to be concerned, but don't worry. For all
their gloss and glamor, Screen Editors and Word Processors are
quite utilitarian and lonely, since they have to rely on quality
input like the rest of us. The law of "garbage-in, garbage-out"
still applies.


Edlin file
New file
*i (insert text) [Hit RETURN]
	1:* Entering my first line of text [Hit RETURN]
	2:* Entering my second line of text [Hit RETURN]
	3:* [Hit Ctrl-C to return to Command Mode]
*e (save file) or q (to quit without saving)

a (append text) [Hit RETURN]
Entering my first line of text [Hit RETURN]
Entering my second line of text [Hit RETURN]
. [Type dot and Hit RETURN to return to Command Mode]
w file (write file) or q (to quit without saving)
e file (edit file which was previously saved)


Monosyllabic words, a glass half full, a line of text:
"The cut worm forgives the plow" (Blake).
"He jests at scars that never felt a wound" (Shakespeare).
"The more corrupt the state, the more laws" (Tacitus).