If you find you have to use MS-Word (which, a great many of you probably
do…), here’s some handy tips to emulate some of your favorite Emacs
It’s pretty straightforward. Learn Emacs, learn its keybindings, use
them — you will be more productive (do more, write more, think more,
futz less), especially if you’re on a Mac; Cocoa applications use a
reasonably large subset of Emacs keybindings.
Of course, you’re still using Word. Try talking whoever it is that is
forcing you to use that abominable program to switch to LaTeX combined
with a serious text editor. My thoughts on serious text editors
are contained in the syllabus link here:
Data Analysis Course Website
My basic thoughts are: A text editor should make your life easier. It
should automate tedious tasks, highlight important things, and you
should be able to offload a lot of non-critical thinking to it. That’s
the main reason I use Emacs.
As a confession, I used to use Vim (especially back in my Windows
days). It’s a really good editor. I prefer Emacs now for two reasons,
1. It’s really the best way to work with R (especially when combined
with LaTeX/Sweave), and 2. it integrates my workflow natively a lot more
so than I could in Vim; bonus 3. elisp. But seriously, find a good text editor for your
work. Learn it, live it, use it. I don’t care if it’s Emacs or vi or
Notepad++ or TextMate or any one of several different advanced editors.
Just don’t bother with Eclipse.