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Re: First draft of the Emacs website

From: John Yates
Subject: Re: First draft of the Emacs website
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2015 18:26:16 -0500


You and I are old "grey beards".  My point was that mentioning things that we - as seasoned users of Emacs - like is quite a bit different from imagining the website as a sales pitch to someone who has not used Emacs but _might_ - given an appropriate message - be coaxed into trying it.  If you accept such messaging as the site's first goal then you have to try to put yourself in the mindset of such a viewer.

Your comments suggest that perhaps you do not buy into that being the first goal.


On Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 5:57 PM, Drew Adams <address@hidden> wrote:



(My assumption is that anyone who does not already have some exposure to the command-line is a lost cause, but I would be happy to be corrected.)


I disagree. You do not need to be familiar with using a CLI to use Emacs. (I use M-x grep, and that's about it, these days.)


* Hence any mention of Lisp seems inappropriate.  We had better hope that Emacs' Out-Of-Box impression is good enough to motivate - in time - an interest in Lisp, rather than presume it.  Even more off-putting are the fine points of various Lisp dialects and Lisp extensions.


Not presuming "an interest in Lisp" is not the same as forbidding "any mention of Lisp". And I disagree that any mention of Lisp is inappropriate.


I agree that no mention need be made of different Lisps or dive into specific aspects of Lisp.


But it can be mentioned that you have available a powerful, easy-to-use (yes), very high-level programming language to extend and interact with Emacs. And yes, this is end-user stuff. (IMHO)


* Displaying Lisp code is probably not a great "come-on".


Simple Lisp code need not be a giant turn-off either, and need not be verboten in this context.

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