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

From: tomas
Subject: Re: What is the most useful potential feature which Emacs lacks?
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 22:18:19 +0200
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On Sat, Jun 06, 2020 at 01:11:36PM +0300, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 11:58:51 +0200
> > From: <tomas@tuxteam.de>


> > Think several people doodling simultaneously over a shared blackboard.
> Someone will have to explain why this is useful [...]

I think Stefan offered a better explanation than I did.
My attempt had the flaw (not the only one, mind you) that
I mixed in personal preferences, so it possibly turned
out more sarcastic than intended.

> > There was a thread a while ago in -help or -devel explaining why
> > several emacs clients connected to a common server didn't quite
> > fill that bill [...]

> I don't think using emacsclient in its current implementation and the
> infrastructure it uses will help us make any progress in this area.
> The current keyboard "multiplexing" in Emacs doesn't really support
> any concurrent input in any useful sense of that word.

I wasn't seriously proposing to use that as a replacement for
collab editing: my aim was rather to understand the issues and
perhaps learn a bit more about collaborative editing itself.

> That's why I think we need to start from the basics, and define the
> features we'd need [...]

Actually, having had the time to do some homework, I found:

  - Rudel: a collaborative editing environment for Emacs.
    It's even on Elpa and has a page on Emacswiki [1]
    It seems to be based on the Gobby protocol

  - there's someone (github [2], alas) implementing the Etherpad
    protocol for Emacs

Embarrasment of riches, it seems ;-)


[1] https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/Rudel
[2] https://github.com/holtzermann17/linepad

-- tomás

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