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RE: Emacs setup assistants

From: Berndl, Klaus
Subject: RE: Emacs setup assistants
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 13:48:28 +0200

>> From: Ted Zlatanov <address@hidden>
>> Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 14:16:35 -0400
>> Power users don't need assistants.

>I disagree.  Power users don't need assistance in setting up something
>that they are already power users at.  But when they need to set up
>something they never did before, they could use assistance.  At least
>I do.

Me too - i consider myself as a power-user of Emacs and in most cases i would 
bet that i'm able to find out what i need by using apropos, the info-manual 
etc... but what i really hate is wasting my time by digging around all the 
manuals when setting up things could also be offered more simple by a well 
designed assistant.

It's always the same game: There a two takewrs in this game, one is the author 
of a software (e.g. a complex and powerful emacs-addon, like auctex, semantic, 
ecb, gnus etc. etc.) and the user of a software (here acting for all the other 
billions of users of the same software). And one of these two takers must 
invest time and effort to make this peace of software best usable: If the 
author desides to offer good manuals and also good assistants then he must 
invest maybe a lot of time and effort for this but all other users will save a 
lot of time. On the other hand, if the author of a software wants to save time 
then all users have to spend a lot of time.... now every one can compute for 
himself, what is better for all the time available at the world ;-)

IMO (X)Emacs  should offer a well designed backbone so package-authors (and the 
core-Emacs-authors too) can offer assistants so user's live will become  
easier... The live of Emacs-newbies is hard enough ;-)


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