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Re: delete-selection-mode

From: Harald Hanche-Olsen
Subject: Re: delete-selection-mode
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 13:32:38 -0400 (EDT)

+ Richard Stallman <address@hidden>:

>     Can we perhaps highlight the region in a different color, so the
>     user is not so surprised that it acts differently than a region
>     set using the mouse.
> The theoretical part of this argument is valid, but is the implied
> factual premise true?  Is there evidence that users are in fact being
> surprised by this?

I have a meta-question in this context: How many users need to be
surprised by any feature, and how much do they need to be bothered by
it, before news of this comes back to the developers? I realize that
this question is probably nearly impossible to answer, but I wonder
if it is necessary to actively go out and gather such evidence, or if
it is enough to just sit back and wait for complaints to come rolling
in. (I expect old-time emacs users are good at voicing their
complaints. My question is about new users.)

- Harald

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