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Re: Making Emacs more newbie friendly

From: Pascal Bourguignon
Subject: Re: Making Emacs more newbie friendly
Date: 20 Mar 2005 00:16:53 +0100
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PT <address@hidden> writes:
> We should answer this question first, because if attracting more users
> to  Emacs is not really a priority then this thread is completely
> pointless.

Well, it seems RMS had success in teaching secretaries use emacs and
even "customize" it (programming emacs lisp without telling them they
were programming!).

I think that ultimately it would be a very good thing for programmers
to have more users knowing applications such as emacs, which can be
customized programming in lisp, and knowing a little programming to do
so, because we programmers know better write programs than "use"
applications (who can stand to cut-and-paste 400 times instead of
writting a small emacs lisp function for an automatic systematic
edit?), and because it would open the users' minds letting them
realize that they need programmers to write complex programs instead
of sweating with Microsoft^W proprietary unprogrammable applications.

__Pascal Bourguignon__           
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