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Re: Emacs is very special regarding UIs

From: T.V Raman
Subject: Re: Emacs is very special regarding UIs
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:24:41 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Lars Brinkhoff <lars@nocrew.org> writes:

The assertion that it's so because all they had then was text is
seriously short-changing and even somewhat insulting to the thought that
has likely gone into Emacs' design --- folks like RMS can likely speak
to that more than I can.

But Emacs does an outstanding job of separating content from
presentation, has an embedded lisp machine, and enables that lisp
machine to manipulate all information/content that flows through Emacs.

>> Emacs works with graphical toolkits on all major platforms, but also
>> offers a almost-feature-complete text interface.
> Emacs is a manifestation of the ITS user interfaces.  They all relied on
> text because that's all that was available back then.  They also used
> control characters, Altmode/Escape/Meta, and prefix arguments.
>> I am seeing Emacs as a platform to write "apps" in Emacs Lisp.
> In this sense, Emacs is a Lisp machine.  Not surprisingly, those came
> from the same place as ITS: the MIT AI Lab.

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