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FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions

FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions

Posted Nov 14, 2010 17:44 UTC (Sun) by hein.zelle (guest, #33324)
In reply to: FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions by boudewijn
Parent article: FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions

> As soon as you suggest that authors develop a .vimrc or a set of emacs
> macros, yes, you really are out of touch with what authors want. And a
> text editor with its main focus on developing software, like vim or
> emacs, is a completely different thing from a word processor with a focus
> on writing prose. I doubt focuswriter will gain syntax highlighting, a
> built-in adventure game or support for ctags any time soon.

I think the intention of that remark wasn't that the prose writers develop these rc files, but that someone (like the developer of focuswriter) does. And that does sound like a reasonable idea, to me at least. Of all the features mentioned so far, the primary one I can't immediately accomplish with emacs is to make it full screen without the bottom status bar, and a less-than-fullscreen text area. I'm sure people with a bit more experience could do that fairly easily. Would it really be such a bad idea to develop a prose-mode for existing editors?

I'm not saying focuswriter is a bad idea, but it seems that a lot of (very good!) editing functionality is very useful once you get familiar with it. Proper search functions, hot keys, reliability, etc. Those must be hard to develop "the right way" for a new project. Seems easier to start from a program that already has all that.


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