Re: [Evolution-hackers] External editor plugin

2008-09-18 Thread Marco Túlio Gontijo e Silva
Em Qua, 2008-09-17 às 11:22 +0530, Sankar escreveu:
 I have not seen how this is done in claws-mail. Is it external editor
 embedded into the composer body area ?

No, the composer body area gets blocked while the external editor is
being run and, when it's done, the edited text gets to the composer body


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Re: [Evolution-hackers] External editor plugin

2008-09-17 Thread Paul Smith
On Wed, 2008-09-17 at 08:20 -0400, Reid.Thompson wrote:
 On Wed, 2008-09-17 at 11:22 +0530, Sankar wrote:
  Will such a workflow be not best done by having vi/emacs style
  key-bindings for the composer body area , rather than opening a
  external program ?
 Is this being implemented/considered?  If so, where is it hosted?

The problem with emacs-style key bindings is that, for those of use
who've been using Emacs almost as long as we've been using computers,
they are never complete enough.  Bind-alikes are OK for some small text
editing areas, but for something like email you really miss all the
extra keybindings that a real Emacs gives.

Don't get me wrong: some compatibility is better than none.  Invoking an
external editor is also useful and something I'd be interested in trying
out (I used Emacs VM mode for mail for years and years before I had to
connect to an Exchange server, just so I could have full Emacs editing
for my mail).

However, the most ideal situation that I can imagine would be to figure
out how to make Emacs embeddable.  Then it can become a universal
editor plugin, for Evo, FireFox text boxes, Eclipse, etc. etc.  Start up
Emacs in the background and have applications that need an editable box
contact it to create new child windows containing real Emacs buffers.

I would actually cry if I could get that. :-)
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