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Re: What improvements would be truly useful?

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: What improvements would be truly useful?
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:05:10 -0500

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  > IMO the future of GUI apps and in our case editors, lies in browser
  > based frameworks programmable by some lisp dialect. For the moment it
  > would be a stack based on electron, clojurescript, codemirror, etc.

I have a feeling we are talking about totally unrelated questions.
I'm talking about extending Emacs to edit more kinds of _documents_.
Documents with more and different layout features, but still _documents_.

A document is a self-contained file of declarative data that you can
display and edit on your computer, without any sort of network
connection.  And if you send it to me, I can display it too
and it looks the same for me as for you.

It is crucial for a document to be declarative.  It is not safe for an
editor to run unrestricted software out of a document.  That's why
Emacs is careful to make sure documents can't run code.

I looked at threejs.org, and it has an array of interesting images
which seem to have something to do with Javascript libraries.  They
may be useful for other purposes, but not for an editor for documents.

Dr Richard Stallman
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