The command line is a typical (topical) way of controlling an editor on
character driven systems. It has some advantages over menus in terms of
access speed, but it is not desirable from a user interface point of
ne has a command line that should be used whenever strange
features have to be accessed, or whenever you want to use a command that
you are familiar with and that is not bound to any key.
You have two ways to access the command line: by activating the menu and
typing a colon (‘:’) or by typing Control-K (or any key
that is bound to the
Exec command; see Exec). The first
method will work regardless of any key binding configuration if you
activate the menus with the Escape key since that key cannot be
reconfigured. Of course, there is also a menu entry that does the same
Once you activate the command line, the status bar will turn into an input line (see The Input Line) with a ‘Command:’ prompt waiting for you to do a long input. In other words, you can now type any command (possibly with arguments), and when you press Return, the command will be executed.
If the command you specify does not appear in
ne’s internal tables,
it is considered to be the name of a macro. See Basic Macros, for details.