Brief was a programmer's editor for MS-DOS written by Underware, and later acquired by Borland. BRIEF was an acronym for Basic Reconfigurable Interactive Editing Facility. The keyboard layout used in Brief became popular, and was implemented in or emulated by other editors. The BriefKeyboardLayout is how people interact with BriefFamily text editors.
Brief Family Text Editors:
- Brief - A powerful programmable text editor for DOS
- Boxer is a Brief clone (and more) (its name is a rather obvious joke on Boxer...)
- CrispEditor from Vital is one of the few remaining BriefFamily editors.
- GRIEFEdit is a Brief clone, based on several open-source components (sourceforge).
- Short is a Brief clone.
- Terse is a TinyEditor? (4K) using the Brief keyboard layout
- Perisoft Brief Freeware Windows clone of the original Brief editor
- Zeus is a Windows editor that feels like the original Brief editor on which it was based.
- Emacs - ubiquitous editor, versions for most platforms
- Epsilon - EMACS clone, runs on Windows and Unix
- JED - Multiplatform text editor by John E. Davis. Runs on UNIX, VMS, DOS, and Windows platforms
- Kinesics Text Editor - Freeware text editor for Windows and Linux
- MicrosoftVisualStudio has emulation for Brief as well as LugaruEpsilon.
- MultiEdit - Windows editor
- PWB is a Microsoft IDE that had Brief emulation.
- RimStar is an editor infuenced by the original Brief.
- SlickEdit - runs on Windows and Unix
- TheSemwareEditor is an editor that emulates the Brief keymap.
- VEDIT - Windows editor
- VIM - ubiquitous VI clone, versions for most platforms