[OS X Emacs] emacs and latex on iPhone?

M A markoilcan at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 15:55:24 EDT 2008

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 2:30 PM, egv <g.evstratov at gmail.com> wrote:
> "M A" <markoilcan at gmail.com> writes:
>> Why not? Typing a convoluted command is no harder than typing anything
>> else. I think the only question is whether one accepts the premise of
>> doing any typing at all on the iphone/ipod touch.
> Editing text on iPhone is totally sick in my opinion.
> I've tried to use console emacs on remote server through Terminal.app on iPhone
> and I must say to you that it was hell. I do not think that native port of emacs
> to iPhone will do better, because of the screen size and lack of the functional
> keys on it's keyboard. When keyboard is on the screen is so small, that it is
> practically impossible to do anything more than "Hello world" typing.

I do this also using using MobileTerminal on my ipod Touch. In fact,
this is now my primary means of reading and writing my email when I'm
on the road (if I'm in a wifi location I ssh from my ipod to my work
machine where I use mutt and emacs to compose email). Typing this way
is sufficiently onerous that I would not dream of doing any serious
coding or latex writing, for instance, using an iphone, but this is
true for any text editor. My point is simply that I think emacs is as
good an option as any. I agree that a gui emacs would be more
convenient simply because it would be easier to, say, tap on the
screen at the right location to save your file than it is to (swipe in
SE direction)-x (swipe in SE direction)-s (but not really all that
much). In fact, different forms of finger swipes can be mapped to all
kinds of key chords to make things easier.

I think it would be pretty cool to have emacs on my ipod touch, but
what I would most like would be to have it in combination with
automatic syncing of arbitrary files on my desktop. That would really
me deal with my to-do's in a convenient way!

Mark A

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