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Re: Making Emacs more newbie friendly

From: Floyd L. Davidson
Subject: Re: Making Emacs more newbie friendly
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 04:01:35 -0900
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nfreimann <address@hidden> wrote:
>Gian Uberto Lauri wrote:
>>Those  are things a  newbie can't  imagine, being  trapped in  the CUA
>>interface and its limited power...
>there is no future for anything else than full CUA compability
>and GUI dialogs for everything. The older people, still familar
>with the old X11 emacs, are dying out. I'm almost 60 years old,
>a emacs user since '87. emacs must become a much improved
>gedit. It must become the free alternative to Slickedit, a
>famous $299.00 editor once developed out of  emacs sources.

Why must it become any of those things?

"GUI dialogs for everything"???  Why?  How about only for things
where it is appropriate?  (I'm sure there are some, though I
can't think of any offhand.)

I think it was David Kastrup who mentioned that a lot of effort
is put into continuing to make Emacs comfortable for good touch
typists.  That goal has a lot of merit.

Floyd L. Davidson           <>
Ukpeagvik (Barrow, Alaska)                         address@hidden

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