fladda wrote:The 32-bit version of the old Basic Editor still works fine on the RPi.
There's still plenty of opportunity for me to be confused, as I'm a complete RISC OS n00b. However, I'm referring to the standard editor in BASIC that you get when you type "EDIT" at the BASIC prompt.
I'm certainly aware that there are many other great editors that are much better tools in general. Indeed, I use StrongED - mostly because it was 'in my face' when I booted up RISC OS on the Pi for the first time, having an icon on the desktop in the distribution image.
I don't find the lack of being able to use EDIT inhibiting in the sense of having no other options. Rather I was just a little disappointed that EDIT works in full-screen mode (i.e. in the ShellCLI), but that the Task Window does not emulate the screen environment enough to be able to run it effectively in there. It just seemed a shame that there was a lack of 'symmetry' between the screen environment and the Task Window environment for running some apps that apparently need to go text/cursor addressing etc.
This is not
a big deal, but it was one of my first 'oh dear' moments - right after the elation of rediscovering my old friend BBC BASIC *and* the joy of having multiple such windowed sessions. It looked like the windowed BASIC sessions had all the capabilities of the full screen environment - until I tried EDIT. At this point the window filled with arbitrarily positioned bits of text and various strange characters, in the way that terminals do when sent incorrect control codes, and I needed to kill the task.
I know the Terminal Window does some cursor addressing as you can PRINT TAB(x,y) and get what you expect, but clearly some important VDU features are missing or broken.
Anyway, I can certainly put it down to "The Task Window isn't currently designed to do this and there are lots of better options anyway", but I would have experienced unbroken awe everything had worked perfectly in the Task Window