(supercite.info)Introduction


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Introduction
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   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...

* Usage Overview
* 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:

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

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

NUAs:
     	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.  Note: Getting Connected for more details.


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