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Re: Emacs history, and "Is Emacs difficult to learn?"

From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: Emacs history, and "Is Emacs difficult to learn?"
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:56:16 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.4 (gnu/linux)

Luca Ferrari <> writes:

> I started using Emacs because (i) I hated vi with a passion,
> since it was the _only_ editor university was teaching us and I
> was wondering why and (ii) because I found it incredibly faster
> than more other editors. For instance, while doing my master
> degree thesis, a latex document that resulted in almost 300
> pages ...

Yes. Some people say Emacs cannot be used instead of the
Open/LibreOffice word processors, because you want documents that
are pleasant to the human eye, not just stuff that are to be
parsed by computers. This is not true: if you use LaTeX in Emacs,
not only do you have all the pros of the *editor*, you have so
much more precision (math formulas, etc.) and "beauty" (ToC,
references, etc.) as for the final result.

The same can be said of HTML/CSS (in Emacs, as compared to
"WYSIWYG"-editors), although I wouldn't put HTML/CSS on the same
level as LaTeX anytime soon.

> I teach some web stuff in high school, and I'd love students use
> emacs but I have to face that students are not living a point
> and click generation and they do not understand the real power
> of using keystrokes.

Yes. Did you read the very long GEH discussion on the mouse
vs. the keyboard? It all started in a thread on how to reduce the
Emacs boot time.

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