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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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