> Experienced Linux users might prefer to stick with their text editor of
> choice, even if participating in something like NaNoWriMo. But this is the
> sort of application that makes Linux attractive to a wider set of users
> who may not be interested in using a "text editor" even one as simple as
> gedit to try to produce the next Great American Novel.
I can understand why people want these features. I feel like some wheels are being reinvented here, though. Why not just develop a .vimrc or set of emacs macros? LibreOffice is also configurable, although to a lesser extent.
Like a lot of other programs, FocusWriter and its competitors are simple now, but will grow and grow over time. Once they implement all the features users demand, they won't be any simpler or easier to use than vi or emacs.
But, hey, whatever works. Maybe I'm just out of touch with what authors want.