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If your shell is bash or zsh, open your ${HOME}/.profile (not your .bashrc since you don't have to do this setting on any subshell you will run) with gedit or vim. Insert the following line: EDITOR=/Applications/gedit.app/Contents/MacOS/gedit export EDITOR ( You don't have to change your PATH for this and moreover this might cause other side effects ...


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Not sure if this is a solution, but if you are using FireFox, you can highlight the text, right-click, and use 'View Selection Source', assuming its text present in the HTML of the page. For example, your previous comment looks like this: <span class="comment-copy">There is actually a difference in text editors between breaking and non breaking spaces ...


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I don't know of any browsers that will show invisibles, but there are work-arounds. Since you are already "using various online tools for translation and proofreading," I assume you are also copy and pasting between the tools. The easiest solution would to just paste the text into a different text editor as an intermediate step. This should reveal tabs vs. ...


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I use Ulysses on OS X and iOS. It syncs via iCloud and can export to ePub, PDF, text bundle, docx and plain text. http://www.ulyssesapp.com


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Go Edit for iOS allows you to write text in markdown or rich text (HTML) and makes it easy for you to switch between the two. You can also embed photos into markdown documents from your photo library without needing to upload them into the web beforehand.


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There exists software to fix keyboard input. It has an entire "Emacs" section of its config.


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You need a replacement layout to allow M- key bindings. This forum post offers a downloadable keylayout file that can be copied to /Library/Keyboard\ Layouts/. I also made a dvorak-shaped map here.



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