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delete-selection-mode (was: Put scroll-bar on right by default on UNIX.)

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: delete-selection-mode (was: Put scroll-bar on right by default on UNIX.)
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 02:54:50 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

>> delete-selection-mode would be the default too, that's what everything
>> on the desktop does...

I agree with Richard that the primary concern is doing what is useful
for newcomers.  One of the most frequent questions they ask is how to do
what most other editors do - to replace selected text with a typed
character or with yanked text, and to delete the region by typing <delete>
without copying it to the kill-ring.

What they are asking for is delete-selection-mode,
but they can't find it in the documentation because
the feature name says nothing to beginners, and
they expect to take this functionality for granted.

Some recent examples of such problems:


Is that reason enough to enable delete-selection-mode by default?

Juri Linkov

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