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Re: Discoverability (was: Changes for 28)

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Discoverability (was: Changes for 28)
Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 22:35:00 -0400

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  > I have three concrete proposals distilled from the
  > original thread, followed by a summary of what I see as a common goal
  > that everyone could work toward -- discoverability. Best!
  > Tom

  > Three proposals related to making Emacs functionality more discoverable.
  > 1. Add the Describe sub-menu to the top in addition to having it as a
  >    sub-menu in Help.
  > 2. Have a set minimal configs, created by community experts, that
  >    show off the configuration space of Emacs, including configurations
  >    that would be familiar to users of other popular tools.
  > 3. Maintain the celebration of the diversity of Emacs use cases in
  >    a separate, but easily accessible repository. This could include
  >    things like the starter kits. This point is primarily inspired by
  >    the fact that the default core of Emacs by itself cannot be all
  >    things to all people, but that doesn't mean that we can't display
  >    the fact that when configured accordingly, it can be all things to
  >    all people.

These are very good ideas.  1 and 2 are quite concrete -- I think
people could go off right now and implement them, figuring out the
details along the way.

3 is not quite as concrete, not yet.  But people could propose sorts of
of configurations we might have starter kits for, and that way we could
make it more concrete.

Dr Richard Stallman
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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