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Re: Emacs bindings in other programs

From: YSK
Subject: Re: Emacs bindings in other programs
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 18:15:36 -0000
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On Oct 30, 8:15 pm, John <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Oct 26, 12:33 pm, YSK <address@hidden> wrote:
> > [...] getting all other
> > programs in my Linux PC to work with Emacs keybindings (particularly
> > the navigation ones, C-e, C-a, C-n, C-p, C-k).
> I know what you mean. Frequently I go from Emacs to, say, Firefox, and
> accidentally hit Emacs keys causing FF to try and print pages, open
> new windows, select all, and so on. Actually, for FF, there's an
> extension called Firemacs that might be interesting.

Just installed Firemacs -- it works great.  Also, I use an add-on
called "It's All Text" that allows you launch external editors to edit
text fields on web pages.

> Anyhow, I think this is part of the reason there's so many tools
> written for use within Emacs. For example, you mention your Java-based
> mail client: you might have a look at Emacs' built-in email client
> "rmail" as a possible replacement which would allow you to use the
> familiar Emacs key combos. I'm guessing the EmacsWiki has info on many
> such replacement elisp apps.

Can Emacs talk to a Domino server? (We use Lotus Notes for mail.) I
didn't think it could do that.

> Regarding OO.o, the only thing I can suggest is that you look into
> alternatives that allow you to edit raw text. For example, you could
> try Plain TeX or LaTeX. Or maybe use some generic markup format for
> your docs, like reStructuredText ("reST"), asciidoc, Perl 6 Pod,
> Markdown, etc. With reST, there's a tool to convert to OO.o
> document format (though it's still fairly new).
> ---John

Yes, I used to use LaTeX for this reason. But unfortunately I find I
still need to use an MS Word compatible word processor quite often.
On Windows, VBacs does a great job of making MS Word behave like Emacs
and I'd really like to find something analogous for OO.o.

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