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Aquamacs · To use their tagline, Aqua­macs is an easy-to-use, Mac-style Emacs for Mac OS X and they add “An Edi­tor for Tex­t, HTML, LaTeX, C++, Java, Python, Perl and more...”, fool­ish­ly leav­ing out blogs. As of the 0.9.7 be­ta, which ap­peared this week­end, this is now my day-to-day pro­duc­tion Emac­s. As far as I can tel­l, it does all the things all those oth­er Mac OS X Emac­ses do, and a few ex­tra nice things. Emacs wee­nies read on for in­struc­tions on how to give Aqua­macs a sub­tle but im­por­tant per­son­al­i­ty trans­plan­t ...
 
Emacs OS Xplosion · OS X has been with us for a few years now, and Emacs has been com­ing along slow­ly and sure­ly. We must have hit some sort of a tip­ping point, and there are a whole lot of peo­ple work­ing on the prob­lem; the re­sult is that life is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter for the Emacs tribe. This piece opens with a brief ser­mon on why, if you’re not al­ready us­ing Emac­s, you might want to check it out; and then sur­veys the state of play and the mul­ti­ple in­ter­est­ing emac­ses that are out there ...
 
uControl Love · I’ve be­come very con­ser­va­tive about us­ing all the lit­tle OS X add-ons and tweaks and en­hance­ments. But this note, for geeks on­ly, is here to plug uCon­trol and of­fer some re­lat­ed hints from Emacs-land ...
 
Emacs, XML, Unicode · I was struck by Norm Walsh’s es­say Good­bye DTDs, in which he talks of go­ing to an all-RelaxNG en­vi­ron­men­t, no more DTDs. Within sec­onds of see­ing it I IM’d him ask­ing “What about spe­cial characters?” and he point­ed out that there would still be some en­ti­ty dec­la­ra­tions around. on­go­ing has a DTD too, but I’d rather it didn’t, so I de­cid­ed to see if I could wres­tle Emacs to the ground so I wouldn’t need one. Of pos­si­ble in­ter­est on­ly to the eleven peo­ple in the world who ed­it XML in Emacs and know what “i18n” stands for. [Up­dat­ed; skip to the end for a neato char-insertion func­tion.] ...
 
I am Emacs, Hear Me Roar · Fresh from the oven: a lit­tle Emacs doohick­ey where I can type control-' one or more times, and it al­ter­nates through in­sert­ing , , and (those are sexy grown-up Uni­code quo­ta­tion mark­s, not mere ASCII " and '). It keeps track of things so when I type /, the all-purpose “end-whatever” com­mand, I get the ap­pro­pri­ate match­ing end quote if re­quired, or the ap­pro­pri­ate end-tag if that’s called for. Be­cause in blog­ging, speed mat­ters.
 
dot-Emacs · A lot of re­al­ly heavy geeks spend most of their day in­ter­act­ing with a sin­gle com­put­er pro­gram named Emac­s; it has a rich his­to­ry go­ing back to the sev­en­ties, al­though the cur­rent in­car­na­tion (writ­ten in large part by the well-known pro­gram­mer/ac­tivist Richard Stall­man) dates from the mid-eighties ...
 
Decades-old Web Authoring Technology · To­day I want­ed to cook up a new en­try, and I re­al­ized that when I do this, I al­ways end up pok­ing through the on­go­ing di­rec­to­ry tree to the slot for the cur­rent date, open­ing the file, switch­ing to my home­grown XML edit­ing mod­e, im­port­ing an emp­ty tem­plate, and start by en­ter­ing its cat­e­go­ry. This is wrong, be­cause when­ev­er a hu­man be­ing is do­ing a repet­i­tive, bor­ing, error-prone task, that's wrong ...
 
Emacs on Mac OS X · Emacs on Mac OS X It turns out that there is a per­fect­ly good ver­sion of GNU Emacs for the Mac OS X. When I first climbed on board OS X, I was fright­ened of down­load­ing and build­ing soft­ware, so I cast about and found a place to grab a bi­na­ry ver­sion. It turns out to be not too bad. I'd put in point­ers for the cen­tral GNU Emacs page and the cur­rent page of the guy who's co-ordinating the OS X work, but the GNU peo­ple are pret­ty slack about their Web pres­ence, and the OS X stuff page cur­rent­ly starts with http://mem­ber­s.shaw.­ca/, so it's prob­a­bly bet­ter to track the right place down with a de­cent search en­gine ...
 
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