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Programming in Emacs Lisp

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16. Your `.emacs' File

"You don't have to like Emacs to like it" -- this seemingly paradoxical statement is the secret of GNU Emacs. The plain, `out of the box' Emacs is a generic tool. Most people who use it, customize it to suit themselves.

GNU Emacs is mostly written in Emacs Lisp; this means that by writing expressions in Emacs Lisp you can change or extend Emacs.

Emacs' Default Configuration  
16.1 Site-wide Initialization Files  You can write site-wide init files.
16.2 Specifying Variables using defcustom  Emacs will write code for you.
16.3 Beginning a `.emacs' File  How to write a .emacs file.
16.4 Text and Auto Fill Mode  Automatically wrap lines.
16.5 Mail Aliases  Use abbreviations for email addresses.
16.6 Indent Tabs Mode  Don't use tabs with TeX
16.7 Some Keybindings  Create some personal keybindings.
16.8 Keymaps  More about key binding.
16.9 Loading Files  Load (i.e., evaluate) files automatically.
16.10 Autoloading  Make functions available.
16.11 A Simple Extension: line-to-top-of-window  Define a function; bind it to a key.
16.12 X11 Colors  Colors in version 19 in X.
16.13 Miscellaneous Settings for a `.emacs' File  
16.14 A Modified Mode Line  How to customize your mode line.

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