> first note that the joke that “emacs as a OS” is not factual. It's justWell, if it was factual it would no longer be a joke, would it now?... I
> a joke. A OS by definition manages hardware, which emacs doesn't. If you
> do realize it's a joke, then don't use that phrase in serious debates.
> Ok, perhaps you are using the “OS” work there to indicate emacs's
> capabilities, alright.
was merely trying to introduce some good old Emacs sense of humour. And I
really doubt whether this debate is all that serious as you claim.
> Krzysztof, in this article:Whether it's difficult to remember is more the matter of opinion. In fact
> 〈The Modernization of Emacs (Simple Changes Emacs Should Adopt)〉
> i've addressed similar concerns. Quote:
> Q: Emacs's ways are technically superior. It should not change.
> A: Emacs's user interface, when compared to modern software
> For example, let's consider emacs's system of keyboard shortcuts. For a
> Is it easy to learn? (is it familiar to most people? Is it easy to
> Emacs's keyboard shortcuts system, is good only with respect to the last
most of Emacs shortcuts contain some degree of mnemonics in them, you
only have to know from what words do they derive. The only problem might
be that they are numerous, but that's merely a consequence the lots of
functions that Emacs provides. I don't see any problem here. About the
strain issue my answer would be that every program incorporating a lot of
shortcuts involving modifier keys have to be painful. This is more the
question of keyboard design. The best way to avoid that is to... drop the
shortcuts. What you want is to chose your operations from a drop-down
menu instead of using shortcuts. And if you prefer it, that's your
choice, I've no problem with that. Emacs also lets you nowadays.
If we wanted to change Emacs' shortcuts that would merely re-position the
So the short answer to the question why won't Emacs change is: because
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