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Re: What is the most useful potential feature which Emacs lacks?

From: Arthur Miller
Subject: Re: What is the most useful potential feature which Emacs lacks?
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 2020 16:58:44 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca> writes:

>> Someone will have to explain why this is useful.
> Or maybe you can just accept it as something other people might enjoy
> even tho you don't ;-)
>> Sitting and looking at other people's typing something, then erasing
>> and retyping, one character at a time, sounds like a huge waste of
>> time to me.
> Yet, as a teacher, I very often am exactly in that situation, where
> either the student or I write slowly on the board to try and express
> visually what we want to say.  Now, "plain text" like we have in Emacs
> buffers isn't quite the same, but now that I have to teach via
> video-conferences, I regularly share my Emacs frame over Jitsi and they
> watch me slowly type code (and erase and retype) while explaining out
> loud what it is I'm doing.
> It may sound slow and painful, but the low speed is actually useful to
> give them time to understand, and the fact that it's done "live" makes
> the feedback loop much more effective when it takes several back&forth
> between the students and I before we come to an understanding.
> And of course, all that applies as well sometimes when discussing
> research ideas among peers.
>> I could use that same time to modify a different section of the same
>> document, or suggest a solution for a problem in parallel to several
>> others suggesting their solutions for the same problem (which would
>> need some processing on top of VC conflict resolution).  I'm probably
>> missing something.
> Yes, we *also* do that (using Git, typically to share a TeX document or
> source code) and that's where the meat of work takes place, but at times
> the fast back&forth of "live editing" (or just talking) is very helpful.
>         Stefan

Can this give some inspiration to you guys?


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