The Modernization of Emacs

Dave Hansen iddw at
Thu Jun 21 00:33:29 CEST 2007

On Jun 20, 8:28 am, David Kastrup <d... at> wrote:
> Actually, the "E" in "Emacs" stands for "extensible".  Part of the
> appeal of Emacs is that you can change it to accommodate you.

Actually, though Emacs is the epitome of extensibility, the "E" stands
for "Editor."  "EMACS" is simply short for Editor MACroS, and was
originally implemented as a set of TECO macros.

There's also the joke that EMACS stands for Esc Meta Alt Ctrl Shift,
due to it's (often overwhelmingly) large and sometimes complex set of
keystroke combinations used to invoke various editing functions.  This
view is usually put forth by the vi camp during editor wars.

Speaking of which, vi is a piece of wombat do.  ;-)



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