Skip to comments.(Windows) Text editor Notepad++ banned in China after ‘Stand with Hong Kong’ update
Posted on 08/18/2020 9:29:17 AM PDT by dayglored
The website of Notepad++ is banned in China as of Monday, “obviously due to” its release of editions named “Free Uyghur” and “Stand with Hong Kong,” the source code and text editor announced on Twitter.
First released in 2003 by France-based developer Don Ho, free-to-use Notepad++ operates on Windows and supports some 90 languages. In his release notices for the two editions, Ho openly voiced his concerns over “human rights” conditions, respectively in the Xinjiang autonomous region and Hong Kong.
Tests by TechCrunch found that the Notepad++ ban only applies to its Download page — which showcases the special editions and thus politically sensitive language — when one tries to reach it from Chinese browsers developed by Tencent (QQ Browser and WeChat’s built-in browser), Alibaba (UC Browser), 360 and Sogou. These services flag the page as containing content “prohibited” by local regulators.
Notepad++’s home page, on the other hand, remains unblocked through these local browsers. One can still access the full site from Chrome and DuckDuckGo in China.
The ban began as early as August 12 when a user notified Ho of the ban, the developer told TechCrunch. He has never been contacted by any Chinese government authority and does not plan to take measures to cope with the website restriction.
Ho has over the years unveiled several special versions of the software that referenced his political stance, including one in 2014 related to the pro-democracy Tiananmen demonstrations. When the “Free Uyghur” version came out late last year, an army of patriotic users, posting in Chinese, bombarded the GitHub repository of Notepad++.
It’s unclear how many users the software had amassed in China, but Ho said it is “quite popular” there based on the download figures he could gather from Google Analytics.
Notepad++ is my number one choice for quick text editing and more. It’s small, fast and has many features, the FREE version that is. Am considering upgrading to the Pro version. I like it.
I use Notepad++ daily. My number one goto editor when I need to do something quick.
Time to update...Notepad++ is great!
Memo to self: start using this more often.
Use to use e editor in PC DOS then went to Ultraedit in windows. Notepad was not fast with large files and I use it foe small files..
Just Great Software
I’ve mostly used the system NotePad for small quick stuff, and TextEdit (paid) for serious editing. Haven’t actually done much with NotePad++ except look at it from a distance and go “Yeah, I should check that out” but it hasn’t risen to the level of necessity yet.
It’s what I would use if I ran windows but I run linux and there’s no shortage of text editors for coding. Mousepad, leafpad, gedit, kate, kwrite, featherpad and many more. Some are specific to a programming language. I use leafpad and mousepad for general purpose stuff and sublime for code.
Well I truthfully like using the HTML editing features of Notepad++. It is a great HTML editor as well as a great text editor. But we all have our own pet editors for whatever reasons. Good luck with yours.
It is a very good html editor. I prefer Microsoft’s antique Notepad for plain text and for removing formatting.
Did he use tiny nano bubbles?
"nano" is my goto linux editor. I am bummed because my job wants to me start working on SLES 12 and nano does not seem to be in the standard packages.
Used Blackbeard and DOS for Fortran programming and data formatting.
Could cut and paste ‘columns’!!!
Maybe I need to check out this Notepad++
Coming soon to a country near you, if the democrats get their way
Dude, I’m a “vi” guy for anything *nix.
Yeah, I’m not a terminal guy. I use it when I have to. Not a programmer either. I just despise windows and Gates. Blue screen of stupid.
The first link provided above to the Notepad++ website instead links to a site for a program called Notepad. Not Microsoft Notepad, a different program.
Here's the correct Notepad++ website link: https://notepad-plus-plus.org/
I too use of a an html editor for company intranet
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