The Modernization of Emacs: terminology buffer and keybinding

Edward Dodge at
Sat Jul 7 22:26:31 CEST 2007

Twisted <twisted0n3 at> writes:

> Besides, ANY interface that involves fumbling around in the dark
> trying to find a light switch is clunky. You should be able to see
> what the hell you're doing and navigate easily. Applications that not
> only eschew normal methods of navigation of the interface, but force
> you to fumble your way between the help and the task you're trying to
> do, are definitely clunky. An analogy to a genuine emacs experience:
> you enter a workshop with some raw materials and tools. Unfortunately
> there's no big ceiling lights so you can just flip the switch by the
> door and then always be able to see where everything is. Instead
> there's little lights here and there by various specific tools and
> storage areas, and in one area a map of the place with switches to
> control the lights.

So -- what magical computer app illuminates the entire room and shows
you how to use everything at the flip of a switch?  This brilliant
discovery would put Sam's, O'Reilly, the for-Dummies series, and
virtually every other computer book publisher out of business in weeks.
Naturally, this would include the publishers of books on "easy-to-use"
Microsoft products.

Edward Dodge

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