By Kate E. Stephenson
Kate is generally a contraction of another name. But when it comes to computing, Kate is an acronym which stands for “KDE Advanced Text Editor.” So what exactly does that mean? Kate is a text editor for KDE, or the K Desktop Environment, on operating systems based on Linux or UNIX. Kate is a big upgrade from text editing programs like NotePad or TextEdit, since it offers spell check. (Knowing how poorly technophiles spell, this must be a godsend?) It also features a thesaurus, and highlights lines of code to make them easy to edit.
So how did this text editor get her name? Here’s how it’s explained on the website Kate-editor.org: