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Re: delete-selection-mode

From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: Re: delete-selection-mode
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 22:53:48 +0200
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David Kastrup wrote:
"Lennart Borgman (gmail)" <address@hidden> writes:

David Kastrup wrote:
With the current semantics of active regions and delete-selection-mode,
I consider the end result painful.  That does not change that it may
also be in some cases be useful.

Does really nobody have an idea how to improve the situation?
Do I understand you right when I assume that the painful thing for old
users would be that typing new text would delete the selection?

Many new users expects this.

Not when they are not expecting an active region in the first place.
There are more ways to make a region active than the explicit ways that
a "new user expects".

Why does that matter? Are we not talking about a visibly marked region?

If the default will be that typing new text replaces the visible
region then maybe there should be a substate where it is possible to
type in new text while the region is visible? One way this could be
done is to let C-x C-x go into that substate (in addition to doing
what it does now).

Would that be to inconvinient?

It sounds messy.  We already have too many different region states.

But the wish to make this work for both new and old users call for a new state, right?

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