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Re: visible-whitespace-mode

From: Robert J. Chassell
Subject: Re: visible-whitespace-mode
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 15:02:25 +0000 (UTC)


        Look at http://www.cpqd.com.br/~vinicius/emacs/ blank-mode.el

    Anyone have any comments on this?  Is it an appropriate thing to add
    to emacs?

I have just run both.

  * `blank-mode' has better documentation, but the default puts white
    space in the blanks, which looks harsh to me.  Indeed, to read
    the file, I had to turn blank mode off.

    `blank-mode' provides a good deal of customization; if its default
    were nicer, and included an end-of-line marker, I would like it.

  * `visible-whitespace-mode' lacks good documentation.  On the other
    hand, its default uses markers that are nice and soft on my
    screen.  The library displays spaces and tabs differently, and
    marks the ends of lines with a $, a feature I really like.

Right now, I would use `visible-whitespace-mode', because its defaults
are easier on my eyes and more helpful than those in `blank-mode'.

However, it looks to me that `blank-mode' is more general and more
powerful than `visws'.  I would like to see `blank-mode' adapt the
differing kinds of graphic indication that `visible-whitespace-mode'
uses, and provide an end-of-line marker.  In addition, its default
should be soft on the eyes, not harsh and unreadable.

`blank-mode.el' is a more self-explanatory file name than `visws.el'.

`visible-whitespace-mode' is a more self-explanatory mode name than

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