Supercite Version 3.1 User's Manual. Node: Introduction

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Supercite version 3.1 is a GNU Emacs package written entirely in Emacs Lisp. It interfaces to most of the commonly used Emacs mail user agents (MUAs) and news user agents (NUAs), and provides sophisticated facilities for the citing and attributing of message replies. Supercite has a very specific and limited role in the process of composing replies to both USENET network news and electronic mail.

The preferred way to spell Supercite is with a capital `S', lowercase `upercite'. There are a few alternate spellings out there and I won't be terribly offended if you use them. People often ask though...

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  • What Supercite Does Not Do
  • What Supercite Does
  • Supercite is only useful in conjunction with MUAs and NUAs such as VM, GNUS, RMAIL, etc. (hereafter referred to collectively as MUAs). Supercite is typically called by the MUA after a reply buffer has been setup. Thereafter, Supercite's many commands and formatting styles are available in that reply buffer until the reply is sent. Supercite is re-initialized in each new reply buffer.

    Supercite is currently at major revision 3.1, and is known to work in the following environments:

    Emacs versions:

    GNU Emacs 18.57 through 18.59, all Emacs 19, all current Lucid Emacs, and Epoch 4.


    VM 4.37 and beyond (including VM version 5), RMAIL, MH-E 3.7 and beyond, PCMAIL.


    RNEWS, GNUS 3.12 and beyond, GNEWS.

    For systems with version numbers, all known subsequent versions also work with Supercite. For those systems without version numbers, Supercite probably works with any recently released version. Note that only some of these systems will work with Supercite ``out of the box.'' All others must overload interfacing routines to supply the necessary glue. See Getting Connected for more details.

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