Why do I bother you with another site about the Emacs theme ?
I know, there are a lot of sites and pages dealing with Emacs, but there
is quite few information about how to set up your own personal Emacs. Sure,
this is no problem for the advanced elisp programmer, but there are a lot of
Emacs novices (well, this is a good thing, they have discovered the most
powerful editor and more - with the exception that it can't give
us programmers a real good cup of coffee or tea, but I'm looking forward
to this.). For anybody new to Emacs, customization is a topic of interest
because on the one hand this is a strength of Emacs but on the other hand
this a white spot on the roadmap to using Emacs:
There's near to nothing concerning this topic on the net.
"Well," you argue, "customization can be easily done by using
the customization buffers in Emacs 20.xx" Ok, I'll take that, but have you
ever seen a full expanded customization buffer (only the topics, not the real
Give it a try,
but be careful, it's a big one :). There are myriards of options you'll never
need to know about, but the really (for your special usecase) interesting things
are hidden in the packages themself (and yet are not always present in the
customization buffer). And worse enough, the customization buffer is only
available for the packages which explicitly support it (as far as I've understood
it, correct me if I'm wrong), so all these old and no longer maintained or not
updated to 20.xx, but still usefull packages are lost in a black hole concernig
And if that's not enough, beeing an Emacs user on OS/2, WinNT and Linux for
quite a while I've seen a lot of solutions for particular problems concerning
the usability of this powerful editor by snippets of customization files of
experienced users. I myself have solved a lot of problems by looking at well
documented .emacs files and including parts of them into my own configuration.
If you want to use Emacs tailored to your own special needs (with the help
of experienced users) and want to include some of these very, very useful
packages floating around on the net which are not included in the standard
distribution of emacs (no discussion about this, it's a must to distribute
only stable and properly tested versions of an elephant like Emacs)
having a look at the customization effords of others is a must for you !
What can this site do for you ?
this depends a bit on the people using Emacs
I contribute the webspace, maintain it and give away my own small .emacs :)
But the point is, that comparable to a mailing list or a news group such a site
is alive as long as there are users interested in requesting and contributing.
It doesn't make sense only to provide links to .emacs files of well known people,
because anybody who is interested in the problem of customization of Emacs
already knows these links. I'll contact those people who contributed to
dotfiles.com and Geoff Voelker's nt-emacs faq concernig the .emacs and all the
other sources I've obtained .emacs from. May be, I'm allowed to include their
work into this site. Beside from this I really would appreciate it if anybody who has
a well documentated .emacs (Ok, I'd also give a not so good documentated one a
try) would send me a copy to publish it at this site.
If there is enough response, this could be a first choice in taking a look at
the .emacs of other people. Looking at the few examples available on the net,
this could be a really helpful source of information if all of you provide
Any additions are welcome, no matter wether it is a dotemacs file for the
collection of locally available files, a link to an interesting dotemacs
somewhere on the web or an article about any topic concerning customization.
Thanks for your help.