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Re: Newbie programmer beginning to use Emacs, Help!

From: Thorsten Bonow
Subject: Re: Newbie programmer beginning to use Emacs, Help!
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 21:31:04 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.1008 (Gnus v5.10.8) XEmacs/21.4.21 (linux)

>>>>> "Xah" == Xah Lee <address@hidden> writes:

    Xah> 1.  What is the "Meta" key (I couldn't find a definition that makes
    Xah> sense in documentation anywhere)?  I'm using a HP Pavillion dv9428nr
    Xah> laptop running win xp pro and Emacs v22.1.1」

    [long text cut in which Xah laboriously fails to explain that the Meta-Key
    is normally the "Alt" key left to your space bar or the ESC key (top left)]

    Xah> 「3.  What exactly is 'Dired Mode'?」


    [long text cut in which Xah fails (again) to see that Emacs tries to be
    consistent with---ahem---Emacs and not some other software]

    Xah> 「2.  How to enter a command like ftp user:address@hidden
    Xah> password:admin_password, so that I can work on files from my web 

    [long text cut which---surprisingly for someone who is campaigning for so 
long for
    the "modernisation of emacs"---describes an outdated method: use "tramp"]

You should know that Xah has an agenda. Form an opinion of your own if you want
to listen to him or just start with the Emacs tutorial: "Ctrl-h t" (That is
pressing the Ctrl and h key together, then press t for tutorial.) Or read the
Emacs manual. Both the tutorial and the manual are available from the "Help" 

Since so much is explained in the manual, I'm surprised that you claim to have
read what you could find.

Hope this helps.


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