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bug#31139: [PATCH] Document Narrow indicator in describe-mode

From: Michael Hendricks
Subject: bug#31139: [PATCH] Document Narrow indicator in describe-mode
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:59:12 +0000

Hi Noam,

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 5:36 PM Noam Postavsky <address@hidden> wrote:
Narrowing isn't exactly a minor mode though, wouldn't this be
potentially confusing?

You're right that narrowing isn't exactly a minor mode.  However, standard-mode-line-format includes narrowing information as part of mode-line-modes.  So the narrowing indicator is rendered inside the same parentheses as indicators for true major and minor modes.  Since describe-mode provides documentation for everything else that's inside those parentheses, it seemed appropriate to document narrowing in the same place.

When I first started using emacs some years ago, I remember being confused why "Narrow" was the only thing in the mode list that wasn't mentioned by describe-mode.  I understand it now, but I think others might face similar confusion with the current behavior.  I think this patch would address that.

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