Tim here. I too am a dyed-in-the-wool vi/vim user and use it to edit
my markup files. I work predominantly in pure HTML but also use
vi/vim for XML/DocBook, Markdown, LaTeX, or other markup if it comes
If you don't already use them, Vim does offer some handy text-objects
to make it easier to work with HTML/XML. The "it", "at", "i<", and
"a<" that makes quick work of working with tags. If you don't use
text-objects, they're one of Vim's killer features. Even more-so
when it comes to HTML/XML markup.
If I'm typing a particular construct frequently, I'll create an
abbreviation to simplify because I'm lazy.
Also, Tim Pope's Vim Surround (https://github.com/tpope/vim-surround)
plugin helps make it easy to wrap text in tags or other characters.
I'm also partial to the "tidy" program (`apt-get install tidy` on my
Debian box) which does some tidying, correction, and checking of
source HTML & XML. It's good for catching the little things that I
I employ a fairly broad spectrum of browsers to preview my code. I
like lynx and its CLI kin for their sheer speed; I like Firefox or
Chromium to preview what most of the world would encounter.
Additionally, as a process thing, for inline tags, I like to put them
on their own line. It's my personal oddity, but I find that it
simplifies reading back the HTML source.
Here's hoping there are tips in there that improve your workflow,
On February 19, 2018, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Hi All:
> Just wondering how people manage editing markup files, html, xml,
> even markdown.
> What tools and approaches have you found most useful as a screen
> reader user?
> My personal approach is less than optimal, which is how this
> question came forward at this time. I'm personally a died in the
> wool vim user, but it can be difficult to understand and properly
> edit content in the midst of markup tags, even in a markdown
> environment. Perhaps there are vim tricks I could be better at?
> I'm aware that emacspeak actually offers some advantages here--but
> is that the current best practice?
> Thanks in advance for sharing your approach.
> Janina Sajka
> Linux Foundation Fellow
> Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup: http://a11y.org
> The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative
> (WAI) Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures
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