How can I get copying similar to Vi in Unix?

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Can someone tell me how I can get copying similar to Vi in Unix?
It's been years since I used it!
For those that don't know: it's the MOST basic editor you'll come
accross that is very powerful and can be complex and frustrating at
first.

It has a feature whereby you can copy text and assign it to a special
key sequence.

I can't remember what the key sequences are... but it goes somthing
like this...
You highlight text and press the ctrl and alt key and the letter 'a'
say for example.
Highlight more text and do the same key combination with the letter 's'
say.

Then by pressing alt, shift and 'a' you get to paste the first text
highlighted.
Then by pressing alt, shift and 's' you get to paste the second text
highlighted.

I made up the key sequences of ctrl and other key above just to
illustarte my point.

Does anything similar exist for Windows?
Maybe as a 3rd party tool?
Are there any text editors that allow this?

Thanks.


OM
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    what's cygin?

    i'm pretty sure u can get vi for windows.
    but... the main thing i wanted was to have the functionality i was
    talking about in windows.
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    "OM" <om.newsgroup@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1112920421.179381.130890@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > Can someone tell me how I can get copying similar to Vi in Unix?
    > It's been years since I used it!
    > For those that don't know: it's the MOST basic editor you'll come
    > accross that is very powerful and can be complex and frustrating at
    > first.
    >
    > It has a feature whereby you can copy text and assign it to a special
    > key sequence.
    >
    > I can't remember what the key sequences are... but it goes somthing
    > like this...
    > You highlight text and press the ctrl and alt key and the letter 'a'
    > say for example.
    > Highlight more text and do the same key combination with the letter 's'
    > say.
    >
    > Then by pressing alt, shift and 'a' you get to paste the first text
    > highlighted.
    > Then by pressing alt, shift and 's' you get to paste the second text
    > highlighted.
    >
    > I made up the key sequences of ctrl and other key above just to
    > illustarte my point.
    >
    > Does anything similar exist for Windows?
    > Maybe as a 3rd party tool?
    > Are there any text editors that allow this?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >


    maybe you could use cygwin
    and run vi from your win box
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    "OM" wrote in microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support:
    >Can someone tell me how I can get copying similar to Vi in Unix?

    Use Vim, vi improved. It's available in source and in binary for
    many platforms. The GUI version plays very well with 32-bit
    windows, and the text version plays very well with the command
    prompt. It's my workhorse editor, and it's free:

    http://www.vim.org

    --

    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com/
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