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  • Phil Dobbin
    Apr 5, 2012
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      On 05/04/2012 21:14, Boyko Bantchev wrote:

      > On 5 April 2012 22:17, Sujith Abraham <milkyway8754@...> wrote:
      >> In this respect Emacs wins. They have a much more beautifully rendered PDF manual. In comparison, vim manual in PDF look amateurish.
      > The Emacs manual is written as a book and typeset with TeX (TexInfo).
      > Vim manual is just an aggregation of the help files -- no wonder it
      > isn't a masterpiece of the typesetting craft. But Vim manual is also
      > about three times shorter, which is an excellent advantage. Let
      > alone Vim is the much better editor :)

      When I posted my query as to why there was no existing hardcopy manual &
      Bram responded with a link to lulu.com, I looked at the site & it seems
      to be a viable option to get the book printed.

      There doesn't seem to have been much of a positive response however to
      the idea in general so taking that into account if the vim list is
      ambivalent towards it, I'm not so sure it'll pan out with anyone else.

      It wouldn't take an Everest type effort to typeset it to a degree (Lulu
      accept pdf files) & it should, of course, look as well set as possible.

      I noticed the Pragmatic Programmers series of books are releasing a Vim
      book in beta form on the 18th of this month which I think will do well &
      judging from the burgeoning social networking circles (twitter, gklist,
      etc) a great many programmers in what was used to be called Web 2 are
      using Vim/gVim/MacVim.

      As for emacs, I just tried it for the first time. Gave up at `C-u 8 C-v` :-)



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