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Re: Semi-unhelpful error message given when trying to (provide 'CUA-mode

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Semi-unhelpful error message given when trying to (provide 'CUA-mode)
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 16:44:57 +0000 (GMT)

Afternoon, David!

On Sat, 20 May 2006, David Kastrup wrote:

>Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> writes:

>> In Emacs-22.0.50, if you try to load a legacy cua-mode.el (or
>> whatever), an eval-after-load form tells you to set the CUA option via
>> the menu.  This is useful only to users who have a mouse and like
>> using it.

>F10 exists, and the menu bar is displayed by default.  So the menu is
>clearly intended to be used by tty users as well.

The menu bar is stupidly displayed, yes, but there's no way to activate
its items.  It's just a waste of space.  I didn't actually know about the
F10 binding, though I do know M-`.

>> For the benefit of other users, M-x cua-mode should also be
>> mentioned.

>I don't think this should be necessary.  If the possibility of using
>the menu is not apparent enough, we need to think about how to change
>that, not how to work around it.

I would resent being forced to use a menu; not having to use menus is a
big attraction of Emacs for me.  I know I'm not alone in this, even if
I'm not in a majority.

>Maybe the text menubar should display at its furthest right (if there
>is still room, which should be the case in default modes) <f10> (if
>that binding is active at the point of time)?

Given that there isn't a working mouse in a Linux tty, it would be better
not to display this space waster of a menu at all.  (Personally, I
disable it in my site-start.el.)

>David Kastrup


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