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Could we have some 'editor tools' that make it quicker/easier to edit?

As a frequent editor (almost Copy Editor on SO), I'd like:

  • Code Indenter/Formatter
  • Spelling and grammar check, excluding code. You can use technical/"Hacker" dictionaries to remove the chance of "polymorphism" being identified as an incorrect spelling.
  • Converting:

    • This:

      a, b, c, d


      `a`, `b`, `c`, `d`
    • I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! to I scream for ice cream!

  • Search & Replace (Normal; Extended C-style \r\n\t; Regex)

    • Have a sidebar of common/saved Regex patterns/replaces.
  • Underline potentially removable/editable phrases, such as:
    • Please help
    • Thanks/Regards, [name]
    • ........?????!?!?!?!?!
    • WT[FH]

It would make editing more fun, and I would be able to edit a lot more.

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I use Chrome, and it already spell-checks for me automatically. I get the little sqiggly under the misspelled word (in fact, I just got one under "sqiggly"). Just sayin'. – Robert Harvey Sep 15 '11 at 6:33
+1 for search and replace. It might be the browsers vendors who should solve this, but I'd love to be able to do some search & replace. Occasionally I even copy the entire post body to a text editor to do this, but it's just enough effort to not be fun. – Joachim Sauer Sep 15 '11 at 6:47
@Robert Yeah, same, but I have to run the text cursor over all the text first. – Mateen Ulhaq Sep 15 '11 at 22:49
Use Firefox, and you don't have to do the stupid cursor thing. – Shog9 Sep 15 '11 at 22:57
@Shog9 I'll never join you! Neveeeer!! – Mateen Ulhaq Sep 15 '11 at 22:59
+1 specifically for the `a`, `b`, `c` suggestion, which is annoying to do even in vim. – sarnold Sep 15 '11 at 23:08
Off topic: w00t! Just got 1000 rep on MSO. My thanks to the 7th upvoter. – Mateen Ulhaq Sep 15 '11 at 23:24
All I care about is removing bloody tab characters. Everything else I can deal with efficiently enough. – Dave Newton Nov 11 '11 at 14:46

There was a great editor toolkit - which was available as userscript. The inline editor broke the editor and it hasn't been updated.

Given the vast number of edits I do, I decided to port it over to the desktop - you can find it here. By no means it's complete or "pretty" - it's functional & allows me to continue with my edits.

Of course, you will have to copy & paste the content to the editor, but once you click correct, the edited version will be copied to the clipboard.

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OS X version ftw! – slhck Sep 15 '11 at 7:33

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