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Re: Reset buttons in Customize

From: Bill Wohler
Subject: Re: Reset buttons in Customize
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2006 21:23:48 -0800

Luc Teirlinck <address@hidden> wrote:

> I also propose to revert the recently changed State Menu for faces.
> In particular:
> Present (recently changed)      Original                  Proposed
> Show all attributes      Show all display specs    Show all display specs
> Show current attributes  Just current attributes   Just current display specs
> Reason: unlike the old text, the new text "Show all attributes" does
> not make clear what the "all" refers to: the value on other displays
> than the current display.
> "Show current attributes" seems to contrast with "saved" or "standard"
> attributes, rather than point out that only the attributes for the
> current display will be shown.

Only a programmer who has used defcustom will know what "specs" is.
Until recently, I didn't understand this menu item. I think the use of
"attributes" is far better for the user.

I agree wholeheartedly about your point about displays.

How about:

  Show Attributes for This Display
  Show Attributes for All Displays


  View >
    This Display
    All Displays
I just ventured into the Show All Attributes screen and was pretty
confused by the Display menu. It is not at all obvious what the "all",
"defaults", and "nil" items are supposed to represent. And what if you
have a face like mh-folder-tick with three displays (class
color)(background light), (class color)(background dark), and (class
color); what does it mean to set all of the Display menus to "all"? Or

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