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Re: In search for an emacs hacker

From: Eduardo Ochs
Subject: Re: In search for an emacs hacker
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 16:28:42 -0300

Hi Vitus,

I've been working on something similar to that for many years - see:

I taught minicourses on LaTeX using Emacs and eev twice, and I am now
working on a way to rewrite tutorials making their examples easier to
execute (from Emacs, of course)... and I am trying to turn that into
an official project in the university where I work. I know far less
Org than I should, though.

Let's chat! Do you use IRC? I'm edrx at, and I'll be
on the whole day.

    Eduardo Ochs

On Mon, 6 Sept 2021 at 14:34, Vitus Schäfftlein <>

> Hey, folks!
> tl;dr looking to hire an emacs hacker who helps me change emacs to make
> it work for academics.
> I've been using emacs for about a month now and have started realizing
> how great it is! I really like that you can do basically anything with
> it, and I have noticed the huge potential emacs has for academics (I'm
> thinking of org-ref, org-roam-(bibtex), org-noter, pdftools,
> org-transclude,  and of course the LaTeX-export functionality of
> org-mode). I have the deep desire to trash all proprietary software that
> is used at the university (above all, Adobe Reader DC) and use emacs
> instead, and I want other academics to do it, too. I think academia
> should be least dependent on big companies and support FOSS projects.
> The problem about all this is that, at the moment, it is frustrating to
> use emacs for all this. I got errors all the time which have costed me
> days of my time and probably quite some hair already. Often times,
> functions do not work as they should or functionality that is needed for
> a good workflow is not implemented. Getting things to run on windows,
> which most people use, is a pain on its own. For this reason, I want to
> create my own blog on which I explain how to use emacs as an academic.
> Now these people aren't emacs programmers and neither am I (I know how
> to set variables, key-bind functions, and some very basic lisp, but
> that's it), so my goal is to (1) provide simple
> step-by-step-instructions to get everything running smoothly and (2)
> describe in detail how an emacs workflow for academics can look like. My
> big dream is to eventually create something like doom emacs or
> spacemacs, but for academics. Functions and key-bindings should closely
> resemble those of programs academics usually use.
> Before that happens, though, I need to get everything running smoothly
> first, and I openly admit I am simply not capable of this. I have been
> working with a great emacs hacker <> before
> and got quite some things done already. For example, we have created a
> minor mode which overlays citations in APA-Style
> <>, changed magic latex
> buffer so that it is better suited for writing math/logic in it and
> configured org-mode to create awesome-looking PDFs. Unfortunately,
> though, Alex has his focus on other projects now, so I am all alone
> again. For this reason, I am looking for someone who is willing to help
> me with my project and some things I would like to have changed for my
> own sake. Of course, they will be paid, but I am a student paying out of
> his own pocket so my financial resources are limited (i can send you
> 150$ for a bigger task, but not 1500$...).
> Is there an emacs hacker out here who is convinced that emacs should be
> used by academics, too, and who wants to support this cause while
> earning some money on the way? If so, please get in touch with me!
> Best regards,
> Vitus

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