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Making Emacs more newbie friendly

From: PT
Subject: Making Emacs more newbie friendly
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 22:12:27 +0100
User-agent: Opera M2/7.54 (Win32, build 3865)

I'm sure I'm not the first to come up with this idea, but I think it really would help if emacs had a newbie-mode which made it easier for newbies to get acquainted with it.

I don't even recommend emacs anymore when someone asks me for a good editor, because they always complain about emacs being too foreign, non-standard, etc.

This newbie mode would be a simple command which when activated would change default emacs settings, keybindings to as similar to a more usual editor as possible.

This would include for example keybindings which are familiar for new users:

        F1 for help, F2 for save file, F3 for load file, etc.

Menus should be activated with Alt+<key>, e.g. Alt-F for File menu. I know that Alt-F (Meta-F) is forward word, but I don't think a newbie would miss it too much. pc-selection-mode should be the default, so that he can move around with arrows + ctrl, shift, etc.

I know there could be a problem with these bindings if emacs is run in a terminal, but newbies rarely do that, a graphical environment is more common nowadays.

Useful general settings should be turned on by default. column numbers, global font lock, etc.

So I'd like a single command which I could put into a newbies .emacs file:


and this would set everything, so that a new user can perform any simple editing operation using only the knowledge he brought from other systems/editors. And when he sees that emacs is not the editor from hell then he might be more interested to learn more about it.

Anyone thinks it's a good idea?

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