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Re: AW: delete-selection-mode

From: Chong Yidong
Subject: Re: AW: delete-selection-mode
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 19:01:24 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.94 (gnu/linux)

I use delete-selection mode, but mainly for one reason: I want DEL to
delete the region when it's active.

This argument

>> You can set the mark, move somewhere else, type stuff there, and return
>> using C-x C-x, again typing stuff there, without destroying anything you
>> have written.

sounds reasonable, since it's not a priori obvious (apart from the
behavior of other applications) that self-inserting characters should
"operate on the region".  That's why I am not sure about making
delete-selection-mode the default.

However, I do feel that the "DEL acts on the region" part of
delete-selection-mode is strongly intuitive.

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