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Re: Patch: prefer-window-split-horizontally

From: Tassilo Horn
Subject: Re: Patch: prefer-window-split-horizontally
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 16:52:58 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110007 (No Gnus v0.7) Emacs/22.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>> Changing the behavior of split-window so that it uses something like
>>> split-window-function only makes sense if we want to change the
>>> behavior seen by current callers of this function.
>> That's the case, isn't it?
> Is it, really?  As far as I can tell, you only want to change the
> behavior in the following cases: when called from display-buffer and
> when called interactively.  Since split-window has currently no
> key-binding, calling it interactively is not very common and we can
> just as well create a new command split-window-sensibly which obeys
> split-window-sensibly-function (and then have display-buffer use this
> function as well).

Indeed, you're right.  So I suggest to do it that way.

>> And the behavior would only change if users modify
>> `split-window-function'.  So I don't see a problem here.
> Think of those users who want a fancy split-window-function for
> display-buffer but still want the layout of their
> Gnus/ECB/MPC/GUD/ProofGeneral/... to appear correctly without having
> to tweak their source code or beg the authors to adapt their code to
> the new behavior.

Look at Klaus.  He's begging to adapt his code. ;-)

>> I cannot follow you completely.  In most cases it's not the caller
>> who should decide how windows are split but the user, who wants to
>> use his screen as good as possible.
> Yes, in *most* cases, maybe, but not all.  Better have two separate
> function for the two separate cases.

Agreed.  And it still gives users all possibilities they need.


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