Re: Recommendations for Low Resource System
On Wednesday 31 May 2006 16:11, Steve Lamb wrote:
> Hal Vaughan wrote:
> > I understand someone has written up a config file (forgot what the
> > special setting files are called) for screen writing formatting on
> > emacs, but, as I said, when I'm writing, I'm in a different mode,
> > and I just can't remember all the keystroke commands. It's hard to
> > explain, but I can use vi or other console editors and have no
> > issue while programming, but once I switch gears and start writing
> > fiction, my brain works completely differently. It must be a left
> > brain/right brain thing.
> Ok, maybe I'm way off base here but why not take a different
> tact. Why not come up with a text based shorthand you can use (kinda
> like Wiki-style), throw something together in Python/Perl/Ruby to
> parse it out and reformat for later importation into OOo? That way
> you can skip the GUI completely and also don't need to remember
> keystrokes, only your formatting shorthand.
> Of course, this is just really a pared down idea of what $EDITOR
> + LaTeX would offer but it is what I would do as I do prefer text
> editing of all types in vim, know Python/Perl and don't know LaTeX.
That's a good idea and I've been considering it. The issue is one of
habit. I haven't used Abiword in a while, but I know the main
controls, like CTRL-S for save, cut, copy, and paste, will all be the
same. Ideally I want the keystrokes on the Amity to be as close to
possible as they are on the other system.
I won't know until I get it all setup, but I may end up doing something
close to this, like using GEdit, and just using a shorthand for some
indents, like ^1 for the wide margins, which, back when I used Word
Perfect, was CTRL-1 for the macro.
I've also considered something like that for emacs to handle formatting
issues before a script is printed and just forcing myself to get used
to it -- but while I'm doing that, the first script or two would be
I have one advantage: I'm not selling these scripts. They're for the
production company I'll be starting soon. That means *I* get to define
the format in my own, stubborn, selfish, pig-headed style. :-)