|Subject:||Re: delete-selection-mode (was: Put scroll-bar on right by defaulton UNIX.)|
|Date:||Fri, 19 Mar 2010 01:03:12 -0700|
On Mar 18, 2010, at 11:54 AM, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
The degree of suffering `inflicted' on some undetermined number of users probably does outweigh the convenience for one person, but if that's the calculus you want to consider, the lack of d-s-m inflicts pain on a far, far greater percentage of the potential user base than will ever feel anxiety about mouse-based interfaces in an editing environment.
However, with simple transient-mark-mode, the problem doesn't exist.
Yes, they do -- they complain, and they also just stop using emacs, because the anxiety that you complain about affects so vastly many more of them. You've made it clear that you don't like delete-selection-mode, and you don't like transient-mark-mode -- and for you, it is great that emacs is an extensible, customizable editing environment. The question is not, and has never been ``which mode is better''. It is not, and has never been ``which mode will new users expect''. The question is just this: do you want to change emacs' default behavior out-of-the-box to try to match what new users expect, or do you want to make the default configuration more comfortable for advanced, experienced, long-term emacs devotees. This isn't an easy question, but it's not going to be answered by arguing over which mode is preferable for which audience, or which audience is `more right'.
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