a look at the browser scene & emacs
tassilo at member.fsf.org
Thu Feb 26 10:59:49 CET 2009
Xah Lee <xahlee at gmail.com> writes:
> is the suggestion of using modern standard shortcut set of X C V for
> Cut, Copy, Paste, of which Linux uses, means it is turning emacs to a
> fancy Notepad clone?
The functionality stays the same, but IMO it would confuse most users.
Killing is not cutting, yanking is not pasting. The whole concepts
(kill-ring vs. simple copy&paste) are much different.
> Is fixing emacs's confusing undo and no redo, that is periodically
> bitched by programer in blogs, considered making emacs into a Notepad
It's much more advanced than the usual sequential undo, but I admit that
it can get confusing sometimes. So instead of dropping it I'd prefer to
think about a better UI for it.
> Is the suggestion for a statistics based ergonomic keybinding design
> that are more faster to execute, easier on the fingers, and easier to
> remember, mean it is turning emacs to a fancy notepad clone?
Users use different commands and your bindings may be better for you on
your querty keyboard, but I'm sure they're not on my German Dvorak Type
> is the suggestion of getting rid of *scratch* buffer, and introduce a
> command “New” with shortcut Ctrl+n, that creates new buffer anytime
> anywhere, which lets user create multiple scratch buffers defaulting
> to any mode and compatible for the rest of Linux's shortcuts, means it
> is a fancy Microsoft Notepad?
Such a easy key like C-n is much too valuable for such a rarely used
command. C-x b foobar RET is ok, isn't it?
> is the suggestion of changing notation from C- and M- to Ctrl+ and Alt
> +, such that it reflects the lable on the keyboard, and Richard
> Stallman agrees may be a good idea, means it's Notepad?
Nope, but I'm not sure if it's possible for emacs to get the right key.
Here, M is Alt, but Ctrl is indeed on the CapsLock key...
And it makes key sequences much longer to write with little or no
> is the suggestion of supporting html mail, and interface to gmail out
> of the box, means it's becoming Microsoft Notepad?
Definitively not. AFAIK Gnus can handle gmail accounts quite well.
Reading HTML mail works nice, too (with emacs-w3m as helper). A simple
editor would be nice for some people, too. But I guess that most
current devs arent interested in writing one, cause in "the tech
geekers" world mail is in text/plain.
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