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Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker

From: Mike Mattie
Subject: Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2008 17:10:04 -0800

On Sat,  5 Jan 2008 18:40:08 +0100 (CET)
"Alfred M. Szmidt" <address@hidden> wrote:

>    > Expressions like "suffocatingly constrained web interface" are
>    > too negative. Maybe you had a bad experience. I only can say that
>    > I wish Emacs' Customize forms were more web-form-alike.
>    I've had nothing but bad experience using web interfaces for
>    anything but web browsing (in its narrow sense).  "Suffocatingly
>    constrained" accurately describes what I feel about these
>    interfaces.  A good comparison is that of Info documentation
>    vs. the reading the same manual as html.  I don't want to be forced
>    to use a web interface, even a keyboard driven one, for reporting
>    bugs.  I can't be alone.
> You're not. "Suffocatingly constrained" describes such interfaces
> quite well.
> The nice thing about Emacs is that you have Emacs under your fingers.
> And not another program that works so differently that you start
> crying when you try to kill a region, you end up closing a tab with
> unsaved data (e.g. firefox).

I highly recommend firemacs. It's a firefox add-on that rebinds most
of the editing keys to Emacs defaults.


> Or when you wish to save your bug report so you can send it later, no
> can do with a web browser, in Emacs (or mutt) you could just save your
> mail buffer for later editing and sending it when you feel you are
> done.
> And if something would crash during that session, you might just have
> a auto-save file around, again, not something a web browser can do.
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