Notes on emacs
Programming new editing commands was so convenient that even the secretaries in [the] office started learning how to use it. They used a manual someone had written which showed how to extend Emacs, but didn’t say it was a programming. So the secretaries, who believed they couldn’t do programming, weren’t scared off.1
A couple of years ago I fell into the
emacs rabbit hole.
I’ve always enjoyed exploring text editors and I had been writing in
markdown for quite some time until I stumbled upon Kieran Healy’s excellent
Plain Person’s Guide to Plain Text Social Science
He has plenty of advice of how social scientists can benefit from plain text for both writing and making statistical analysis reproducable.
He only mentions
emacs briefly, but exploring this editor first lead me to
After a year of messing around with the very accessible
spacemacs (and simultaneously learning
vi keybindings – a challenging combination), I moved on to vanilla
emacs and started building my own configuration.
And that, in brief, is how a non-programmer such as myself fell in love with the user-empowering philosophy of free software.