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Re: Making Emacs more friendly to newcomers (was: "Why is emacs so squar

From: 조성빈
Subject: Re: Making Emacs more friendly to newcomers (was: "Why is emacs so square?")
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2020 17:05:30 +0900

Po Lu <address@hidden> 작성:

ndame <address@hidden> writes:

Looks good. These are the changes Emacs needs, so it has a nicer first
impression for users who come from mainstream tools to give it a try.

I don't think the general goal is for Emacs to imitate popular tools, but
instead to make it a mainstream tool.  To achieve this, we do need to
make Emacs more friendly for newcomers, but we shouldn't erase the
traits that make Emacs unique (such as extreme extensibility and

IOW, everything added to make Emacs more friendly should be optional
(but easily discoverable), and should not break backwards-compatiblity with
existing configurations.

I personally find that the stance of trying to not breaking anything is
one of the big reasons that Emacs has a nonusable-without-configuration UX.
Major version numbers are there for a reason… and we can expect for annoyed
people to set some variables to get old behavior.

Emacs has endured for 40+ years. I doubt that without the Emacsen I
remember using with squeals of delight (Epoch, XEmacs, Emacs 19), and
the various improvements they curtailed that Emacs would still be where
it is now.  Let's help Emacs endure another 40 years.

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