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Re: Movement mode
Re: Movement mode
Wed, 26 May 2004 13:18:46 -0400
Tobias Radloff wrote:
> Hi there,
> I wonder if there is a way to make emacs behave like modern editors like
> kedit and the like, especially when it comes to paragraphs continuing over
> several lines. I'd like to change the behavior of the up and down keys
> (and that of C-P and C-N too, of course) from moving one paragraph up or
> down to moving one line up or down. I would like to change the behavior of
> pos1 and end similarly.
> Since we're talking emacs here, I don't ask if it's possible but rather:
> how do I do it? :)
You need auto-fill mode, which breaks the lines as you type along. That'll
also give you the cursor motion that you're looking for.
Unfortunately, it uses hard carriage returns and won't rebreak them so you
have to use M-q to put the paragraph into the proper order.
There's also refill-mode, which does the M-qing automatically. It has one
major drawback: It's greedy. If you do this:
You'll get: First line second line third line.
Because of this I find it easier to write in block style, without tabs. When
I need tabs (and longlines) I use a macro to convert two carriage returns
in a row to a carriage return and tab and then delete single carriage
returns. It's basically just some replace-regexps. First I replace the
carriage returns with a symbol (I use # because I don't use it otherwise)
and then the replacements as stated in the beginning of the paragraph.
For writing, don't use the normal text mode but paragraph-indent-text-mode.
It handles tabs better. But still Emacs' tabbing is better for programmers
than writers. Tabs can be a problem. So I skip them. The macro I described
makes it painless to convert to tabbed style.
Yeah, for writing, Emacs method of line-breaking can be a bit of a pain. But
its wealth of other editing commands more than makes up for this small
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- Movement mode, Tobias Radloff, 2004/05/26
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