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Re: basic question: going back to dired


From: Xah
Subject: Re: basic question: going back to dired
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 01:55:23 -0700 (PDT)
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Xah Lee wrote:
«I don't think its a good idea to teach or insist that people adopt
emacs's terminologies.»

Some people say that if you want to use emacs, you have to use emacs's
terminologies.

Yes that is true.

However, some terms are interchangable between emacs and other apps,
and some emacs terminology still can use some change to adopt the
changing world.

For example, if you are learning calculus, and you got confused by the
terminology of abscissa and ordinate. I say to you, that's just old
terms for x-axis and y-axis. However, there are still math professors,
who insist on the name abscissa and ordinate. The term x-axis and y-
axis, to them, is dumb'd down, not-general, technically incorrect.

This thread is over 100 now. In the coming days, i'll reply and give
reasons on why i think emacs are better to adapt new terms for buffer
and keybinding in its user manual.

Thanks for all the thoughts.

  Xah
∑ http://xahlee.org/

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On Jul 22, 5:50 am, Nikolaj Schumacher <address@hidden> wrote:
> Xah <address@hidden> wrote:
> > I don't think its a good idea to teach or insist that people adopt
> > emacs's terminologies.
>
> I don't think its a good idea to teach or insist that people learn
> French before going to Paris.  French is a language that has been
> adopted by France in the 1530s when there really weren't any other other
> languages around, except big mainframe languages like Latin.  In the
> 20th century English developed as a
>
> > The reason emacs uses the technical terminologies throughout is
> > because when emacs started in the 1980s, there really isn't any other
> > text editors or even software applications. And, emacs users are all
> > computer scientists and programers.
>
> I think it's a ridiculous idea to teach someone English before going to
> Paris.  Of course English is spoken pretty much everywhere in the world,
> and it would arguably easier to stay in Paris if the



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