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Re: [O] The statement on what is orgmode.

From: David Rogers
Subject: Re: [O] The statement on what is orgmode.
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 00:50:00 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2 (berkeley-unix)

brian powell <address@hidden> writes:

> So, again, seriously, this thread is misnamed.  "What can't you do in
> Emacs/OrgMode?"  What can't it be used for?--this should be the thread!
> I'd really like to know.  Every week or two, something comes off my very
> tiny list, which is just about empty.

Seriously seriously?

Things you can't do in Emacs that feel as if they *should* be practical,
even though they currently are not

- Web browsing with ease, and with a full list of currently-expected
  features (i.e. features to make the general public say "Wow! This is
  much better than Firefox! I'm switching to this for banking, and for
  everything else as well!" - not "Umm, why does it look like
  this?"). This single (admittedly huge) feature, probably along with
  the next one, are IMO the "killer features" that Emacs does not have.

- Ability to continue working in other buffers when one buffer is
  busy. Combine this feature and the one mentioned above, and I (perhaps
  along with a lot of other people) move from two primary every-day
  applications down to one.

- WYSIWYG word processing with multiple fonts per page, adjustable
  margins, and named styles (not saying it should ever be implemented,
  just saying it's something Emacs can't currently be used for)

And how about fantasy-but-would-be-really-useful features? Nearly unlimited.

- Fully-functioning, practical Org-mode & Gnus & Emacs on a touch screen

- Optical character recognition within Emacs

- Text entry by voice (including programming languages) within Emacs

- Hand-written text entry directly into Emacs, including filling in web forms

And then comes the truly unlimited category of "What, are you crazy???"

- Emacs Movie Editor

- Emacs Music Recording Studio

- Emacs Audio-To-Text Song Lyrics Transcriber

- "SkypEmacs" simultaneous videoconferencing and collaborative text
  editing, where the participants all type into the same document at
  once, but also their entire voice conversation is automatically
  transcribed to plain text, and that transcription saved in the same
  directory as the document.

(i.e. things that prove "It isn't all text after all, but some of it is".)


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