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Re: delete-selection-mode

From: Paul R
Subject: Re: delete-selection-mode
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 22:03:01 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)

> As an example: I can explain Emacs' general mouse cut/copy/paste
> interface in 4 lines of text:
> Single/double/triple left mouse clicks mark character/word/line start
> respectively of the region.  Dragging or single right mouse click marks
> the other end, double right mouse click deletes the region.  In either
> case, middle mouse pastes the previous region contents.

The "incremental" nature of this interface makes the trial-error
methodology very efficient in this case. IOW, people can understand
immediatly, and without refering to huge documentation of which they
aren't even aware of existence. We agree on this particular case.

> After all: new users might give up because they don't realize that what
> fails to make them more efficient than when using other editors is only
> a default setting, not inherent to the emacs program itself.

Yes. But I am not trying to argue what is the most efficient way to
work, I'm leaving this decision to each emacs user feeling. I just
want newcomers to feel sufficiently welcome to stay a bit and see.
They will then have plenty of time to discover how to increase the
productivity of their tool.

If you had a shop at the first floor of a building, would you build
some stairs with 1 meter high steps each, just because you know its
doable with lots of training, and incidentatly more efficient than
many many tiny 20cm high steps, like in every other place ?


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