The components of an aXe window
An aXe window consists of five visible parts. From top to bottom they
A line showing the name of the file currently being edited in the
window. If a file has not been associated with this window then 'No
name' will be displayed. The name is preceded by '*' if the text
in the Editing buffer (below) contains unsaved changes. '~' at the
beginning of the filename is shorthand for your home directory.
A line that is updated with brief help explaining the action that
would be performed if mouse button 1 were to be operated with the
mouse pointer in the current position. If an action can be
performed directly from the keyboard then the help line will
contain a description of the keystroke(s) that would achieve it.
It is enclosed in square brackets, e.g. [ Ctrl-a ]. Note: Using
the keyboard for speed, for an explanation of what that
means. The information bar is also used for displaying
information arising from some actions, and for some error messages.
A row of buttons having associated pulldown menus. Pressing and
holding down mouse button 1 whilst a button is highlighted (by
moving the mouse pointer onto it) will reveal the menu. The *Show*
menu shows the names of all of the files being edited - the
current file in the window from which the menu was popped up has a
tick against it at the right hand side of the entry, and dividing
lines are drawn to group the files associated with individual
An area displaying the text of the file that is currently being
edited in the window. It may the topmost of a stack of buffers
associated with the window, in which case a different buffer is
made current by selecting its entry from the *Show* menu.
When an aXe window is resized all of the the adjustment in the
vertical direction is applied to this component. Also, the size of
the other components is discounted by the window manager and the
information displayed during resizing is the size of the editing
buffer in terms of characters, rather than pixels. In other words
the editing buffer can only be resized in character increments.
An area containing a menu button and a 1-line text buffer, called
the minibuffer (Note: How to use the minibuffer.) The
menu associated with the button provides convenient access to some
of the more complicated facilities that are only available via the
minibuffer. The selected ones feed the contents of the editing
buffer to an external Unix command for processing and display the
output, if any, in a fresh window.
The user can optionally suppress display of the Filename, Information
bar and Minibuffer components. Note: suppressFilename, for
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