Well, on OS X: MacVim (an outlier for sure :), Microsoft Word (if you have
a selection highlighted and do a find/replace, it replaces in the selection
and then asks if you want to replace in the rest of the document), Text
Wrangler, BBEdit...not sure about Markdown editors because I found MMDC
early on and had no reason to explore others!
It seems like almost all the editors on Windows do this, but I suspect
that's some difference in the common libraries or
whatever on which they are based.
It's certainly not a showstopper, obviously, but I do find myself wishing
for it far more often than, say, the option to use currently selected text
as the search, though that potentially saves a different cut and paste
operation that I perform more or less automatically.
But I certainly see your point if it would require coming up with your own
GUI/etc. Might not be worth it!
Fletcher on 05 Feb, 2015 12:48 AM
Let me think about it. I believe (but could be wrong) that there isn't a way to accomplish this with Apple's built-in find/replace mechanism, which would mean rewriting all of it from scratch.
The apps you mention are either ports from other OS's, or general purpose/programmer's text editors. Both groups (of necessity) tend to write everything from the ground up in order to support the features one would expect (e.g. Macros, plugins, etc.)
I'll keep this in mind, but can't make any promises.