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Re: Failing to see the allure of Emacs

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Failing to see the allure of Emacs
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 15:43:26 -0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.92 (gnu/linux)

Ted Zlatanov <> writes:

> On Wed, 24 Mar 2010 23:00:03 +0100 "" <> 
> wrote: 
> ac> Look through this newsgroup for all the places a response has said
> ac> "Have you tried function such-and-such", or "that behavior is
> ac> controlled by variable X except that the default is variable Y".  If
> ac> the documentation were better, much of that would disappear.
> ...
> ac> a literate, conscientious user with decades of programming
> ac> experience, decades of experience writing documentation, decades of
> ac> using emacs, and decades of support for free software
> If you have so much experience you know rule #1 of writing manuals:
> They Won't Read It.
> followed by rule #2:
> They Still Won't Read It.
> and then rule #3:
> They'll Complain About It.

You forgot rule #4:

To Justify not Reading It.

David Kastrup

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