|Subject:||Re: Emacs terminology (not again!?)|
|Date:||Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:35:17 +0100|
On 01/17/2014 06:59 PM, Lennart Borgman wrote:
On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 2:59 AM, Daniel Colascione <address@hidden
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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