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Re: Emacs as word processor

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Emacs as word processor
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:34:05 +0200

> Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:12:58 -0800 (PST)
> From: Drew Adams <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden
> > Emacs can already display a piece of text in that font, but it lacks
> > a convenient user-level feature to do this whole job.
> You can already do all of that (the "whole job"), FWIW.  (Not that
> that your more general request is limited to this.)
> 1. Enriched mode lets you save highlighting permanently - see
>    (emacs) `Enriched Mode'.
> 2. Facemenu lets you highlight text easily, including text that you
>    will type from now on.

These features fall short of letting you specify the font and/or its
size, as well as a few other attributes.  (Which is a historical
accident: when enriched.el and facemenu.el were written, Emacs did not
yet support variable sizes and fonts.)  All you can do is select one
of the existing faces.  Making a new face is a tedious and not very
user-friendly job.

What Richard means is let users specify font and/or size as part of
what M-o (and the corresponding menu items) provide, which means the
face will be created on the fly, like what facemenu already does for
colors and other attributes it supports.

IOW, facemenu.el should be extended to support all the face attributes
Emacs acquired post 21.1.

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