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Re: Emacs as word processor

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: Emacs as word processor
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:54:28 +0100
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() "Allen S. Rout" <address@hidden>
() Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:35:48 -0500

   > if [...] "Emacs as word processor interaction pane" [...], we can
   > postulate some specific features:

   If we were to imagine that these features exist, I suggest that the
   resulting Emacs environment would not be significantly more accesible
   to the random MS Word operator than is the current environment.

   In fact, I think we'd push it into the Uncanny Valley; increasing
   frustration because, having made the surface look somewhat like they
   expect, we have left the bones in the "alien" configuration they
   don't understand.  In basic Emacs, at least they know they're not in

Well, i'm no UI or HCI maven, so i can't really speak to these issues.
Recalling back to when i was introduced to Emacs, the most compelling
non-programming-that-really-is-a-degenerate-form-of-programming feature
was keyboard macros.  I don't know if that transfers cleanly into a word
processor context, though.  I imagine a more appreciated feature would be
"intelligent search and replace".

RMS: You said you wished for Emacs features using LibreOffice.  What
kind of document were you editing?  Which features did you miss?  How
did you work around their lack?  (Please be specific.)

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