On Fri, 24 Apr 2020 03:34:52 +0800, Johann 'Myrkraverk' Oskarsson
Post by Johann 'Myrkraverk' Oskarsson
Where can I get manuals for old Emacs implementations? The ones that
predate GNU Emacs. If I search for "emacs history manuals" I only get
manuals about extensions in current emacs that have command history and
Or if predating GNU Emacs is too restrictive, manuals of implementations
that parallel it to some degree -- though not forks like XEmacs.
Probably the first Emacs documentation was Eugene Ciccarelli's
AI Memo #447: An Introduction to the Emacs Editor, dated January 1978.
an HTMLized version:
ITS had a hypertext help system known as INFO; it was ported to Tenex and then
to TOPS-20. Along with operating system commands and system calls, there were
INFO files for Emacs. There was also a chart file with the default key bindings
(i.e., associated functions) for all the control- and meta- characters. Like
many, I also used the "apropos" function to search function descriptions. In
those days I never saw or used a paper manual for Emacs.
Of historical interest is:
This is a reference file for ITSTECO, the enviroment where Emacs was first
created. At MIT on their ITS systems, what was "DEC standard TECO" evolved well
beyond a programmable text editor to become a tool for writing programmable text
editors. Take particular note of "^R mode," an early implementation of what was
called in those days "real time" editing -- i.e., displaying the results of
edits as they occurred -- which we now know as WYSIWYG and take for granted.
By the mid-1970s, even as Stallman was writing the first version of his editing
macros, macros that ran on DEC's TECO were making the rounds of DEC
sites, offering a similar and simpler version of ^R mode. Even though they had
just a handful of basic commands, they made it easy to step through a file line
by line to make changes. One could always quit the macro to perform more
complex editing with TECO commands. These macros worked particularly well on