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Re: Nested display strings

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Nested display strings
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:42:15 -0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> >> A good/natural way for redisplay to signal such problems would be to
>> >> display them directly in the window (e.g. insert some threatening
>> >> question mark or some such, ideally with mouse-over highlighting and
>> >> a help-echo-like text explaining the problem).
>> > Now, _that_ is what I call "obnoxious".
>> I have no idea why you'd find it obnoxious.  After all, that's pretty
>> much what we do for "chars we don't know how to draw", except we put
>> a square box rather than a threatening question mark and we don't bother
>> with the help-echo and mouse highlight.
> Exactly.  The things we do NOT do in the square box case are that make
> your suggestion too extreme, to my taste.  The situation is not so
> threatening, after all.

Well, I mostly want it to be easy for users to recognize that it's
a redisplay problem, and also to figure out what's the cause of
the problem, hence the help-echo.  I was thinking of a mouse
highlighting to make it into a hyperlink, but I don't think we'd know
where to jump to, so that's probably a bad idea.


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