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Re: What improvements would be truly useful?

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: What improvements would be truly useful?
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2018 20:23:50 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.91 (gnu/linux)

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>   > No, it really isn't. A document is a user-centric feature -- it's a
>   > piece of work that stores information in a way that it useful to the
>   > user.
> I disagree with you there.  If something can't be copied to various
> places and looked at, I say it is not a document.  It may be some
> other kind of thing.
>   > The self-contained file notion is a developer issue.
> No, it is absolutely crucial to being able to use the document
> in the ways we are accustomed to use documents.

I have to disagree with this. I mean, it was true 10 years ago, but it
is not now.

>   > Following your definition, MS Word becomes a document editor and MS Word
>   > Online does not.
> I did not state a definition of "document editor" -- it's not part of the 
> point
> I want to make -- so I think that is a misunderstanding.

No, I think not. Consider this scenario. I start editing some text on
google docs with a collaborator; after a while we export the doc into
word, share this with Dropbox, then eventually one person takes it over.
Is this text really not a document till we download it?

All of which gets back what I think was the point of the OP; Emacs would
be a better tool if it supported the web. We've been having intense
discussions about widget toolkits; what about a web-delivered Emacs? The
Web and Mobile together make up the majority of computing these days.


If you want a good example.


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