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Re: Is Emacs on Aqua crippleware or is it just broken?

From: Jerry Kindall
Subject: Re: Is Emacs on Aqua crippleware or is it just broken?
Date: Tue, 06 May 2003 07:45:37 -0700
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In article <address@hidden>, BK
<address@hidden> wrote:

> Oliver Scholz <address@hidden> wrote ...
> > > On a Mac, cut/copy/paste is Cmd-x/c/v. Emacs doesn't adhere to this,
> > > but in principle, this can be changed back to normal by defining
> > > keyboard macros.
> > 
> > It is like a school-kid saying: "Why don't the people abroad speak
> > German? It would be so much easier for them to talk to each other if they
> > did not insist of using foreign languages at home."
> Wrong example. You just shot yourself in the foot. :-)
> On the Mac, HIG is the local custom and therefore it is only
> reasonable to expecrt that any foreign application coming to Mac land
> can will respect the native customs and accept them as being normal,
> while its own foreign customs, although they might be accepted, will
> remain foreign.

No, you've got it backwards.  When you launch Emacs, you tell your Mac
"I want to travel to Emacs-land" and implicitly accept its foreign
customs.  Emacs is practically an OS of its own -- it includes a
Turing-complete programming language with which mail and news readers,
and other applications, have been implemented, all inside the editor. 
In short, launching Emacs and complaining about the keyboard shortcuts
is like launching Windows under Virtual PC and complaining that all the
windows are funny-looking.

If Emacs worked like a Mac program, it wouldn't be Emacs anymore...

Jerry Kindall, Seattle, WA

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