In regards to modal, I mean `like vi`, where in the keyboard is shifted between a normal "Command" mode for manipulating text and an "Insert" mode for typing text into the buffer. A prime example can be found by learning vi (or vim or elvis). Personally I think this kind of model fits well with a mobile device like Android, even more so than it does a PC—emacs pinky be damned ;). Which makes me think of something like this:
- A simple "Notepad" grade editor
- Press a designated command key, send following keystrokes to command dispatcher
- Useful stuff: save/load, buffer list, etc.
- Scripting/configuration language