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Re: Mode for Manuscripts?


From: Rob Thorpe
Subject: Re: Mode for Manuscripts?
Date: 3 Dec 2003 08:48:43 -0800

I sometimes use Emacs for similar purposes.  What would be useful to
me is a mode where:

* Tabs that just tab rather than whitespacing to the next word on the
line above, which hardly ever makes sense (of course I can do this by
binding tab to M-i)

* Once tab has been used at the start of a line it would be nice if
auto-fill-mode didn't begin at the new indent.  This makes sense for
programming languages but no sense for text.

Personally I deal with things like line spacing later when printing
anything out.

address@hidden wrote in message news:<address@hidden>...
> Yeah, it's a funny way to format text, but it's the format required 
> 
> for manuscript submissions to publishers. Since emacs is such a great 
> 
> editor, perhaps the best on the planet, I'm sure there is a mode already
> 
> constructed for this sort of format you see here in the body of this
> 
> email.
> 
>      Here are the specifications explicitly stated: Text must be
> 
> double-spaced. Owing to the need for margins, text should wrap. There 
> 
> should be one space, not two, between sentences. Automatic tabs to 
> 
> indicate breaks between paragraphs. I think by this they mean a ^I 
> 
> character must begin a paragraph. Use regular double spaces between 
> 
> paragraphs (as you see at the beginning of the current paragraph. Use
> 
> only one space, not two spaces, between sentences.
> 
>      So does such a mode already exist for emacs? Of course I'd want C-n
> 
> and C-p to move the cursor to a text line and not to a blank line in
> 
> between text lines. I know that "pr -d" will do the double-spacing for
> 
> me after I write up the whole thing, but it would be nicer for emacs to
> 
> do the double-spacing for me as I go along. The M-a and M-e keys should
> 
> get me to the beginning and end of sentences and M-q should reformat 
> 
> stuff I screw up by editing.
> 
>      Finally, it would be best to have a separate (minor?) mode for this
> 
> sort of format-- this so I would have to set and unset a lot of 
> 
> variables every time I go in and out of editing in this mode.
> 
>      Any help or tips would be very much appreciated.
> 
> 
> 
> ken


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