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Re: basic question: going back to dired

From: Bastien Guerry
Subject: Re: basic question: going back to dired
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 18:46:41 +0200
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"Juanma Barranquero" <address@hidden> writes:

> On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 10:23, Bastien Guerry <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Or because the concept of "File" is not as central as the concept of
>> "buffer".
> But Xah Lee is not arguing against the concept. He is arguing against
> the terminology...

My sentence above was a reaction to Xah's sentence:

  "Emacs doesn't have a keyboard shortcut for this due the fact that
  emacs has build on the 1980's mindset and havn't modernized."

I think that the reason Emacs doesn't have a keybinding for "Close" 
is because the concept of a buffer is more central to Emacs than the
concept of a file.  

Open/Close is bound to file manipulation, and many buffer manipulations
are not related to files at all - think of dired, for example.

>> The notion of "buffer" might be emacs specific, but it's not 1980's.
> I don't think the notion of "buffer" is Emacs specific; as Xah Lee has
> said, in other environments (editors, IDEs, etc.) they exist, it's
> just that they exist under a different name ("workspace" being a nice
> alternative).

I don't think "buffer" and "workspaces" are synonymous, and I don't
think there is anything wrong with the current use of "buffer".


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