Configuring A Simple-Modeline

Customizing your Mode-Line is one step forward on every Emacser’s right of passage. Whether you use the informative yet quiet built-in Mode-Line or the visually stunning doom-modeline: you are finding the right porridge for you. Here is my choice―a simple halfway between those two―simple-modeline.

Its so great that I copied and pasted the options here. Alternately run customize or open simple-modeline-segments.el and occur simple-modeline-segment on it. Yup, that great.

Read on for the variable info

You Gotta Try Using ~describe-symbol~

You gotta try out using describe-symbol because it is usually what you really want from describe-function and describe-variable.

The most useful part is that it instantly teaches you when there are both a variable and a function with the same name. Sometimes it is surprising and better to know right away. For example M-x describe-symbol RET emacs-version RET:

emacs-version is an interactive compiled Lisp function in ‘version.el’.

(emacs-version &optional HERE)

Display the version of Emacs that is running in this session.
With a prefix argument, insert the Emacs version string at point
instead of displaying it.
If called from Lisp, by default return the version string; but
if the optional argument HERE is non-nil, insert the string at
point instead.

Don’t use this function in programs to choose actions according
to the system configuration; look at ‘system-configuration’ instead.

  Probably introduced at or before Emacs version 19.20.


emacs-version is a variable defined in ‘C source code’.

Its value is "28.1"

Version numbers of this version of Emacs.
This has the form: MAJOR.MINOR[.MICRO], where MAJOR/MINOR/MICRO are integers.
MICRO is only present in unreleased development versions,
and is not especially meaningful.  Prior to Emacs 26.1, an extra final
component .BUILD is present.  This is now stored separately in

  Probably introduced at or before Emacs version 19.20.

Org2Blog Release v1.1.13

Just released Org2Blog v1.1.13 with almost no user-facing changes but primarily maintenance and cleanup.

That said you might care about:

  • Create Entries without requiring an Internet connection to load Categories, Tags, and Pages. Previously it would error out preventing you from creating the Entry on your computer.
  • WordPress 6 broke View Entry. Fixed.
  • Although you were unlikely to have used org2blog-buffer-post-or-page-view or org2blog-subtree-post-or-page-view, you can’t anymore. See their function for details. Guessing you were unlikely since the break was never reported. Addendum: It was only broken for Page previews which are probably rarely used: makes sense.
  • Easier to check for compilation errors since long docstrings now get ignored.

Org2Blog v1.1.11 Released

I just tagged Org2Blog v1.1.11. It’s got a few nice changes for easier blogging. It got a lot of changes to make it easier to contribute and report issues. After this, all of the work will bring it up to the current version of Emacs and Org mode. That work will begin in the v1.2.0 branch. For the sake of simplicity, consider it unstable (no matter how unlikely, that is where issues could show up). When it is ready, I’ll post it for people who want to test it out.

Happy Blogging!

Here is the change summary:

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Use all of Emacs’s modifiers on macOS with various keyboards.

When non-Emacs users observe Emacs users laboring over their key binding configuration their typical range of reactions include finding it to be interesting, surprising, remarkable, strange, weird, incredible, striking, bizarre, deviant, eccentric, freakish, monstrous, incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, unimaginable, and unthinkable. With that range reactions in mind it is self-evident that if you are reading this then you already know why you want to use more of the Emacs’s modifier keys you just want to know how. The purpose of this project is to capture one way of using all of Emacs’s modifier keys.