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These chapters introduce another interface to MH that is accessible through the GNU Emacs editor, namely, mh-e. mh-e is easy to use. I don't assume that you know GNU Emacs or even MH at this point, since I didn't know either of them when I discovered mh-e. However, mh-e was the tip of the iceberg, and I discovered more and more niceties about GNU Emacs and MH. Now I'm fully hooked on both of them.
The mh-e package is distributed with GNU Emacs, (1) so you shouldn't have to do anything special to use it. But it's important to note a brief history of mh-e. Version 3 was prevalent through the Emacs 18 and early Emacs 19 years. Then Version 4 came out (Emacs 19.23), which introduced several new and changed commands. Finally, Version 5.0 was released, which fixed some bugs and incompatibilities, and was incorporated into Emacs 19.29. This is the version covered by this manual. 1.2 Getting Started will help you decide which version you have.
If you don't already use GNU Emacs but want to learn more, you can read
an online tutorial by starting GNU Emacs and typing C-h t
help-with-tutorial). (This notation is described in
1.1 GNU Emacs Terms and Conventions.) If you want to take the plunge, consult the
section `GNU Emacs Manual' in The GNU Emacs Manual,
from the Free Software Foundation.
If more information is needed, you can go to the Unix manual pages of the individual MH commands. When the name is not obvious, I'll guide you to a relevant MH manual page that describes the action more fully.
I hope you enjoy these chapters! If you have any comments, or suggestions for this document, please let me know.
Bill Wohler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
8 February 1995
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