Could Emacs be rewritten in Python?

Alexander Schmolck a.schmolck at
Mon Apr 7 04:46:01 CEST 2003

llothar at (Lothar Scholz) writes:

> Then you have to present the same old and ugly user interface with a
> mini  buffer as input line and so on. I don't see any reason at the
> moment for cloning EMACS. You should ask people why they like emacs as
> an editor.
> There are only a handful of features that are normally the reason to
> keep
> this as your primary editor. For me its the window handling C-X 1, the
> way to prefix commands with a repeat command, the macro recording and
> a the autoindentation with TAB.
> To make clear, i'm using XEMACS 8 hours a day for years now. But it's
> absolutely losing ground compared to modern editors. And i don't think
> that
> extensibility in the emacs sense is really necessary today or a plus,
> because
> people want out of the box solutions that are specialized to their
> domain.

The plausibility of your suggestion that the majority of emacs's long time
user base is formed by mindless drones depresses me.


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