A Movement and Selection Package for BBEdit
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A Better Pair of Tongs

This package of scripts and text-filters aims to substantially improve your movement and selection abilities when writing prose in BBEdit.

I recently became obsessed with cursor movement and selection shortcuts in BBEdit. I spend an enormous amount of time restructuring and rephrasing prose sentences - writing is rewriting after all. Sadly, our digital tools for this are cruelly limiting. In fact, we only have one tool: the insertion point. You can move it or expand it, and there are some shortcuts for this, but we are bound by its up/down left/right more/less limits. I fear my arrow keys will wear out. In an age of automation, it is an appallingly manual process. At times it feels like building a house with kitchen tongs.

We cannot choose a more advanced alternative, but we can build a better pair of tongs.

While BBEdit has many great tools for prose writers, its cursor movement and selection shortcuts do not compare impressively with its own coding shortcuts, or with certain other editors. This package of scripts aims to substantially improve your movement and selection abilities when writing prose in BBEdit.

It should be noted that I am not the author of a number of these scripts. Many are stolen from various like-minded people (I've tried, sometimes unsuccessfully, to credit the authors), and from the very generous members of BBEdit's Mailing List.

For support please open an issue on Github.

Installation

To install, rename the downloaded/cloned folder to "BetterTongs.bbpackage" and move to ~/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/Packages/.