Could Emacs be rewritten in Python?

Rob Mayoff usenet at
Thu Apr 10 19:42:32 CEST 2003

Ian Bicking <ianb at> wrote in message news:<mailman.1049687898.18892.python-list at>...
> The quasi-modal stuff
> is an idea, but not a successful one.

If you mean that quasimodes haven't been successful in popular text
editors - true.  But quasimodes are actually used in several popular
programs.  In Adobe Photoshop, holding down the space bar switches you
to the "hand" tool (which moves the image around); releasing the space
bar reverts you to the previous tool.  Holding down command-spacebar
gives you the zoom-in tool, and holding down option-spacebar gives you
the zoom-out tool.  (The modifier keys are different on Windows.) 
These are quasimodes.

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