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Re: Emacs usability

From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: Re: Emacs usability
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:14:16 +0200
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Ted Zlatanov wrote:
The usability metrics (fairly standard in the industry) are listed in so please
see their definitions.
- concise
- expressive
- easy (in the sense of "mnemonic load")
- transparent
- scriptable
- discoverable

An interesting list.

Emacs is concise, expressive, transparent, and scriptable.

Yes, mostly.

It's not
easy or discoverable without baseline knowledge, which is difficult to
acquire without reading the documentation (manuals, tutorials, or

It might not be easy to discover what the presumptive users baseline knowledge could be. This is a fundamental problem.

In effect, Emacs is more of a programming language than a
normal user application as far as usability goes.

Yes, but it could be more.


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