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[Texmacs-dev] Should Emacs look-and-feel really be the default on Unix?

From: Norbert Nemec
Subject: [Texmacs-dev] Should Emacs look-and-feel really be the default on Unix?
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 10:22:52 +0200
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Joris van der Hoeven wrote:

>I did that on Windows, but not under Unix, where the Emacs look and feel is 
Independent of the confirmation quesition discussed before:

I wonder whether it is such a good idea to make Emacs look-and-feel the
default on Unix: Back in the old days, it may have been reasonably to
assume that an average Unix user would be used to Emacs keybindings.

In the days of KDE and Gnome, many of the key- and mouse bindings are
converging towards something that is much more similar to Windows than
to Emacs.

The average Unix user may not even have used Emacs before, but is
certainly used to the Windows bindings. The chance that he/she discovers
the preference setting to Windows bindings before struggling through
learning the "new" Emacs behavior are not very good.

A classical Emacs addict is much more likely to accept Windows behavior
at the first encounter of TeXmacs and then may be positively surprised
that the program even offers Emacs bindings.

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