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Re: Customizing the mode line

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Customizing the mode line
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 10:47:55 +0200

> From: Miles Bader <address@hidden>
> Cc: Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>,  address@hidden
> Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 14:16:47 +0900
> > I think the major-mode/minor mode display is important, but I agree that
> > it often takes up a lot of space to display unchanging info.  It would
> > be good to come up with some way to make it more space efficient.
> > Maybe we could replace "(Mail Fly Abbrev Fill)" with "(Mail..FAF)" and
> > then expand the FAF to "Fly Abbrev Fill" in a tooltip.
> I agree, kinda... but... _some_ minor modes seem fairly important to
> know about -- e.g., "Narrow", in a mode where narrowing isn't normal,
> and "Fill" -- whereas others are less so.  Ideally, it would be possible
> to see the "important" things, and replace the others with "..." or
> whatever, but I'm not sure an easy way to distinguish them.

We can start by making a list of minor modes that are important.
Right now, we have Ovwrt, Fill, Narrow, and some unspecified things in

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