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Re: Emacs Customization - newbie's question

From: address@hidden
Subject: Re: Emacs Customization - newbie's question
Date: Thu, 01 May 2003 06:03:52 -0400
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David Combs wrote:

> In article <address@hidden>,
> Stefan Monnier <> wrote:
>>>>>>> "Asene" == Asene  <address@hidden> writes:
>>> I'm a newbie to Emacs. I tried to read the Emacs manual but it looks so
>>> complicated to me. So asking here is a better way for me, I think.
> Yes, a much better way to start out.
> Type in this:  Control-H   t (the letter "t").
> That will get you into the interactive tutorial, written
> by the master himself.
> Each thing he teaches, he has you do it yourself,
> right then and there.
> After finishing that, THEN read the manual.
> If you can't afford the manual or even printing
> it out, then type in  Control-H  i  ("i", for "info").
> Using what you learned from the tutorial, hunt down
> for a "* Emacs", and when there, hit "m" followed
> by a carriage-return (I believe).
> Good luck!
> David

I found the book /Learning/ /GNU/ /Emacs/ second edition by Debra Cameron, 
Bill Rosenblatt and Eric Raymond quite helpful. It's an O'Reilly book 
available at bookstores and the web.

The problem is that it's a bit out of date. It's written for version 19.30 
and we're 21.xx now. Still, I found it much easier to understand than the 
help files and organized better--at least for me.

Hope this helps.


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