pfohl at sandia.gov
Sat May 20 19:05:31 MDT 2000
While I don't have time to write a "HOWTO" on emacs at the moment (and
am not sure I'm qualified) I'm a fan of emacs and thought I'd share a
little as to why:
1. I use it as my editor and as my mail client. So any commands
learned for one purpose apply to the other
2. there are many ways to perform the same command. If you have xemacs
you can use the pull down menus, if you are logged in from a vt100
(for instance) you can use some key bindings.
2b. there are at LEAST 2 key bindings for each command. One which is
sort of cryptic and the other which uses something similar to basic
english. So I can hit "[ctrl] k" to delete a whole line or I can
type "[esc]x kill-line"
2c. while it seems like you need to remember the last one in basic
english emacs actually gives you possible completions. So type
"[esc]x k" and hit the space bar. You get lots of possible
completions so you can search if the command doesn't jump into your
3. there is a tutorial for self exploration
4. it runs on all flavors of UNIX, Windows NT and VMS. I therefore can
feel confident, that even if I'm on a strange system, I can find
(or download) a familiar editor and get right to work.
Finally almost everyone learns software by need. I don't know all the
commands, I bet I know less than 1/2 of them. But at this point in
time I know all the commands I have ever needed.
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