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Re: Emacs terminology (not again!?)

From: Daniel Colascione
Subject: Re: Emacs terminology (not again!?)
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:02:53 -0800
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On 01/17/2014 06:59 PM, Lennart Borgman wrote:
On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 2:59 AM, Daniel Colascione <address@hidden
<mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:
    What does C-s do in Emacs? What do most novice users expect C-s to
    do? In order to use Emacs as a base for gedit, Emacs would have had
    to have been warped beyond all recognition. Emacs is a great
    environment, but let's not pretend that it's what users migrating
    from proprietary desktop operating systems should face when trying
    to edit a simple cookie recipe for themselves should have to face.

Wouldn't you still have recognized the elisp? ;-)

I would have been much more comfortable with Emacs as the basis for
gedit. Emacs was made to be customize-able, but somehow it still failed
to form the basis for gedit. Is not that a bit unfortunate? (Maybe not,
but what about the future of Emacs then?)

Parts of Emacs are very rigid. Try making a mode that allows point to be off-screen while scrolling like it can be in most other editors.

Bear in mind also that when gedit was new, Emacs didn't have transient-mark-mode or shift-marking on by default and it didn't support bidirectional text. The Emacs configuration system is also completely different. Would you have integrated customize with gconf? How?

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