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Woodnotes Guide to Emacs for Writers


I'm happy to announce the latest edition of the Woodnotes Guide to Emacs for Writers, available at this website. It's been downloaded over 15,000 times since it was first made available! Emacs is a complicated but extremely powerful text editor with a number of valuable tools for folks that make their living off the written word. Last updated: 31 March 2011.

This document is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 licence..

I regularly use emacs with auctex and LaTeX for writing LaTeX documents. Emacs has lots of features that facilitate this process but most emacs documentation concentrates on tips for coders, not writers. I wrote Emacs for Writers (22 pages) to bring out the commands and options that support those who write text, not code. Find it here: (PDF | HTML | EPUB).

If this is useful to you, you might also be interested in the Emacs for Writers Cheat Sheet (Reference Card) I wrote to accompany the manual. It shows important commands in chart format (3 pages, PDF).


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