I would like a modal text editor (like Vim) with support for proportional fonts.

As a stop-gap measure, I would at least like an editor that lets the em-dash character ("—") consume multiple columns. (In Neovim and Vim, it only consumes one column, and therefore is barely wider than "-".)

Does such an editor exist? I've heard that Emacs supports proportional fonts, but I was unable to install EViL (Vim emulation), presumably because I just don't understand Emacs and its plugin system at all.

  • Wow, tall ask! There are hardly any modal text editors at all! And you want one with proportional font support?! Well, I have only heard of one modal text editor that doesn't have the letters "vi" in the name: Kakoune. It doesn't have proportional font support, but it looks good nonetheless. – John Y Feb 28 '18 at 22:48
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    This is probably the closest thing to an answer you'll find. I feel for you, since I'm in the proportional-font minority myself, but the choices are already relatively thin among nonmodal editors. Which is more important to you: being modal or supporting proportional fonts? – John Y Feb 28 '18 at 23:04
  • @JohnY Both, apparently. I use gVim or NeoVim for coding, but Google Docs or similar for non-code writing. I know some people write blog posts, email, and everything else in emacs, but, as I mentioned, that's a dark art to me. – Kyle Strand Feb 28 '18 at 23:10
  • If you have difficulties installing Evil you should ask on emacs.stackexchange.com (with a hint that you are a newbe). There are many long-time Evil users there. E.g.: wasamasa – Tobias Jul 2 '19 at 18:10
  • @Tobias Sadly I don't remember what problem I had (I think I didn't get any error messages, but none of the Vim key-bindings worked), but next time I try I'll definitely ask for help. – Kyle Strand Jul 2 '19 at 20:32

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