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Re: (Newbie) How to turn AutoFill-mode on/off

From: Elaine Sims
Subject: Re: (Newbie) How to turn AutoFill-mode on/off
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 20:09:54 GMT
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Michael Slass  wrote:

>Elaine Sims <> writes:
>>I'm a writer.  And I have just started learning Xemacs and have found
>>that it's editing capabilities are superior to any wordprocessor I've
>>ever used. (like C-x-t, C-x-e, C-t, etc,etc).
>>But the problem is: typing in text-mode and seeing the little arrow
>>at the end of the line and the breaks mid-word is a distraction.  I'm
>>much more comfortable looking at the screen in auto-fill mode.
>>But then if I open the text in a word processor (AbiWord, Word) it
>>retains the line breaks, which I have to manually delete to reform
>>the paragraphs.  If I have to do that to a 100,000 word manuscript
>>I'll go crazy.
>>Actually the only reason I'm opening the file at all in a word
>>processor is because I haven't learned how to format and print out my
>>manuscripts from Xemacs (with double spacing and headers and page
>>numbers) yet.
>>If I could do it all from within Xemacs that would be preferrable.
>>And I'm not adverse to learning a little LISP to do it.
>>Any help I can get would be appreciated.
>OK.  You should learn LaTeX.  It has a fairly steep learning curve,
>but it is the standard UNIX way of producing typeset documents, and
>there's a very good reason.  The standard LaTeX styles produce all the
>things you mention above, and many more, and there are additional
>style files to do anything else you can think of.
>Your document will consist of your words and strings of commands to
>LaTeX.  The length of your lines will be irrelevant, because LaTeX
>will typeset each paragraph appropriately, so you can turn on
>auto-fill at a width that's comfortable for you during editing, and
>not think about it any more.
>You will *definitely* need a copy of Leslie Lamport's book:
>_LaTeX: A Document Preparation System_
>Also, you will be very happy with auctex-mode, an elisp package
>designed to facilitate preparation of LaTeX documents.  It may or may
>not have been included with your distrubution of emacs, but you can
>find it and instructions for installing it by google-ing for
>auctex.el.  AucTex lets you control all of your document preparation
>from within emacs.
>LaTeX is not WYSIWYG -- there is a cycle of edit, compile, view to see
>how your document will look, but with a reasonably fast computer (the
>thesis I'm not writing at this moment while I'm chatting with you is
>25K words, and renders in about 20sec on my P3 450) the cycle is not
>unduly long.
>The web is full of LaTeX tutorials, and comp.text.tex has a large and
>knowledgeable reader base.
>Good luck.
>Mike Slass

Exactly the information I was hoping for.  Thanks so much for the help.
And good luck on your thesis.


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