Tex-Edit Plus is and remains my favourite text editor. I use it all day every day for a great many tasks. For one client I edit and approve submissions to their website. This involves copying text a visitor has pasted in, changing various bad HTML tags into better ones and pasting the result back into various places. Applescript is a significant part of this process as it takes these texts and swiftly carries out dozens of Find and Replace actions, quickly giving me results which could take hours by hand. This powerful Applescript feature, aided and abetted by the superbly fabulous Doug’s Applescripts (which has taught me more about Applescript than any other avenue I’ve tried) is one major factor which prevents me from moving to some of the other very appealing text editors such as SubEthaEdit.
It’s thanks to Tex-Edit Plus that I’ve learned a little about regular expressions, though I’d be very happy to learn a lot more, but the SubEthaEdit website had led me to this Regular Expression Tutorial from Jan Goyvaerts. I’ll be reading this shortly, but so far it looks good. One thing I’m hoping it can tell me is how to find any sequence of upper case letters and replace them with the same sequence of lower case or word case letters, that being the one major thing I haven’t yet figured out for Tex-Edit Plus.