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Re: In search for an emacs hacker

From: Vitus Schäfftlein
Subject: Re: In search for an emacs hacker
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2021 13:15:44 +0000

Emanuel, I need to admit that I have a hard time understanding your resentment 
against academics. I have never come across someone who thought in terms of 
"plebians" and "aristos", most of the ones I know would rather think in terms 
of bourgeoisie and proletariat (my background is philosophy, though). Anyway, 
what I mean by "academics" are PhD students, post docs, and (junior) professors 
of _any_ field. I strongly agree that academics don't have more important jobs, 
but that emacs is simply well-suited for their aims. My reasons do not concern 
the "superiority of academics", but my worries about the dependency of 
university on capitalist structures.

My main idea is that there is a common ground for any academic: literature 
research, reading pdfs, taking notes and writing/publishing papers. No matter 
if you are a physicist, social scientist, philosopher, computer scientiest, 
linguist or philosopher, you need to do these things. Now, my view is that 
these things are not connected closely enough in emacs in order to have a nice 
workflow. To drive home my point, here are some examples:

  1.  org-roam-bibtex and pdf-tools are not connected. For example, there 
should be a function that takes selected text or annotations and prints it as a 
citation in an org-roam-capture buffer, using the information of the 
bibtex-entry connected to the pdf by org-roam-bibtex. For example, if you 
selected "foo" on PDF page 6, the author is A, the year is y, there should be a 
function which opens a capture-buffer, which contains this: "foo. (A, y, 
[link-to-pdf-at-page-6 named 'p. 6'])".
  2.  pdf-tools lacks some important functionality. For example, 
differentiating between page labels and page numbers and selection-behavior as 
in Adobe Reader.
  3.   org-noter is not really configurable since its main function is 200 
lines long and hard-coded.
  4.  org-roam-ui does not allow to display only parts of all org-roam-notes 
(for examples filtered by directory or tags) and is, thus, not well-overseeable.

Among many other things, this impedes workflow dramatically, and I would like 
to change this. Scimax is nice for statistics and all, but does not handle 
these problems. I hope this gives an idea of what I want to do. I don't really 
know how to code, but I do know what functionalities would be great for 
academics and how they should function exactly. If anyone is interested in 
working with me, please get in touch with me!

Best regards,


P. S.: Another major issue is that syntax highlighting becomes makes emacs so 
slow if you have several org-ref-citations in one paragraph or LaTeX-document 
with many prettified symbols. I hope there there will be a tree-sitter package 
for org-mode and LaTeX soon...

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