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Re: Emacs as word processor

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Emacs as word processor
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:44:40 -0500

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    The issue is that most people want something like LibreOffice so that
    they can do what other people do with Microsoft Word, including exchange
    files.  That level of compatibility is a boatload of work.

Yup.  But that is what is needed.

    So I suspect that (a) the number of people who want this and (b) the
    number of actual use-cases are quite small.

Perhaps most current Emacs users use TeX when they want to format something.
I use TeX to write a manual, and also when I want to send a nicely formatted
letter; but I wish I could do the latter WYSIWYG in Emacs.

But there are so many people who don't use Emacs or TeX.  They use
WYSIWYG word processors only.  I wish we could make Emacs easy for
them to use, so they could get the benefit of Emacs's other advantages
while doing their word processing.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
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