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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  EMACS  /ee'maks/  n.  [from  Editing  MACroS]  The  ne  plus  ultra  of 
  hacker  editors,  a  programmable  text  editor  with  an  entire  LISP  system 
  inside  it  It  was  originally  written  by  Richard  Stallman  in  {TECO}  under 
  {{ITS}}  at  the  MIT  AI  lab;  AI  Memo  554  described  it  as  "an  advanced, 
  self-documenting,  customizable  extensible  real-time  display  editor". 
  It  has  since  been  reimplemented  any  number  of  times,  by  various  hackers, 
  and  versions  exist  that  run  under  most  major  operating  systems. 
  Perhaps  the  most  widely  used  version,  also  written  by  Stallman  and 
  now  called  "{GNU}  EMACS"  or  {GNUMACS},  runs  principally  under  Unix. 
  (Its  close  relative  XEmacs  is  the  second  most  popular  version.) 
  It  includes  facilities  to  run  compilation  subprocesses  and  send  and 
  receive  mail  or  news  many  hackers  spend  up  to  80%  of  their  {tube  time} 
  inside  it  Other  variants  include  {GOSMACS},  CCA  EMACS,  UniPress  EMACS, 
  Montgomery  EMACS,  jove,  epsilon,  and  MicroEMACS.  (Though  we  use  the 
  original  all-caps  spelling  here  it  is  nowadays  very  commonly  `Emacs'.) 
 
  Some  EMACS  versions  running  under  window  managers  iconify  as  an 
  overflowing  kitchen  sink,  perhaps  to  suggest  the  one  feature  the  editor 
  does  not  yet  include.  Indeed,  some  hackers  find  EMACS  too  {heavyweight} 
  and  {baroque}  for  their  taste,  and  expand  the  name  as  `Escape  Meta 
  Alt  Control  Shift'  to  spoof  its  heavy  reliance  on  keystrokes  decorated 
  with  {bucky  bits}.  Other  spoof  expansions  include  `Eight  Megabytes  And 
  Constantly  Swapping'  (from  when  that  was  a  lot  of  {core}),  `Eventually 
  `malloc()'s  All  Computer  Storage',  and  `EMACS  Makes  A  Computer  Slow' 
  (see  {{recursive  acronym}}).  See  also  {vi}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Emacs 
 
    /ee'maks/  (Editing  MACroS,  or  Extensible  MACro 
  System,  GNU  Emacs)  A  popular  {screen  editor}  for  {Unix}  and 
  most  other  {operating  systems}. 
 
  Emacs  is  distributed  by  the  {Free  Software  Foundation}  and  was 
  {Richard  Stallman}'s  first  step  in  the  {GNU}  project.  Emacs 
  is  extensible  -  it  is  easy  to  add  new  functions;  customisable 
  -  you  can  rebind  keys,  and  modify  the  behaviour  of  existing 
  functions;  self-documenting  -  there  is  extensive  on-line, 
  context-sensitive  help;  and  has  a  real-time  "what  you  see  is 
  what  you  get"  display.  Emacs  is  writen  in  {C}  and  the  higher 
  levels  are  programmed  in  {Emacs  Lisp}. 
 
  Emacs  has  an  entire  {Lisp}  system  inside  it  It  was 
  originally  written  in  {TECO}  under  {ITS}  at  the  {MIT}  {AI 
  lab}.  AI  Memo  554  described  it  as  "an  advanced, 
  self-documenting,  customisable  extensible  real-time  display 
  editor". 
 
  It  includes  facilities  to  view  directories,  run  compilation 
  subprocesses  and  send  and  receive  {electronic  mail}  and 
  {Usenet}  {news}  ({GNUS}).  {W3}  is  a  {web  browser},  the 
  ange-ftp  package  provides  transparent  access  to  files  on 
  remote  {FTP}  {servers}.  {Calc}  is  a  calculator  and  {symbolic 
  mathematics}  package.  There  are  modes"  provided  to  assist  in 
  editing  most  well-known  programming  languages.  Most  of  these 
  extra  functions  are  configured  to  load  automatically  on  first 
  use  reducing  start-up  time  and  memory  consumption.  Many 
  hackers  (including  {Denis  Howe})  spend  more  than  80%  of  their 
  {tube  time}  inside  Emacs. 
 
  GNU  Emacs  is  available  for  {Unix},  {VMS},  {GNU}/{Linux}, 
  {FreeBSD},  {NetBSD},  {OpenBSD},  {MS  Windows},  {MS-DOS},  and 
  other  systems.  Emacs  has  been  re-implemented  more  than  30 
  times.  Other  variants  include  {GOSMACS},  CCA  Emacs,  UniPress 
  Emacs,  Montgomery  Emacs,  and  {XEmacs}.  {Jove},  {epsilon},  and 
  {MicroEmacs}  are  limited  look-alikes. 
 
  Some  Emacs  versions  running  under  {window  managers}  iconify  as 
  an  overflowing  kitchen  sink,  perhaps  to  suggest  the  one 
  feature  the  editor  does  not  yet  include.  Indeed,  some 
  hackers  find  Emacs  too  {heavyweight}  and  {baroque}  for  their 
  taste,  and  expand  the  name  as  "Escape  Meta  Alt  Control  Shift" 
  to  spoof  its  heavy  reliance  on  keystrokes  decorated  with 
  {bucky  bits}.  Other  spoof  expansions  include  "Eight  Megabytes 
  And  Constantly  Swapping",  "Eventually  "malloc()'s  All  Computer 
  Storage",  and  "Emacs  Makes  A  Computer  Slow"  (see  {recursive 
  acronym}).  See  also  {vi}. 
 
  Latest  version:  20.6,  as  of  2000-05-11.  21.1  ({RSN})  adds  a 
  new  redisplay  engine  with  support  for  {proportional  text}, 
  images,  {tool  bars},  {tool  tips},  toolkit  scroll  bars,  and  a 
  mouse-sensitive  mode  line 
 
  {FTP}  from  your  nearest  {GNU  archive  site}. 
 
  E-mail:  (bug  reports  only)  . 
 
  {Usenet}  newsgroups:  {news:gnu.emacs.help}, 
  {news:gnu.emacs.bug},  {news:alt.religion.emacs}, 
  {news:gnu.emacs.sources},  {news:gnu.emacs.announce}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1997-02-04) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  EMACS 
  Editing  MACroS  (GNU)