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Re: display-buffer-alist simplifications

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: display-buffer-alist simplifications
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:21:31 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

"Stephen J. Turnbull" <address@hidden> writes:

> Note that XEmacs has had specifiers (in a somewhat different sense,
> but the basic idea of a more or less hierarchical mapping from
> contexts to instances is the same) for literally decades, they are
> automatically merged, and with the exception of David Kastrup (a
> self-proclaimed Simple Mind From the City of Light :-), nobody has
> really complained about their complexity and merging generally DTRTs.
> Rather users and third-party developers have asked how to accomplish
> what they want to do, and generally are pleased with the results they
> get.

One aim of the GNU project is empowering users.  An interface that
requires relying on highly competent special users and/or extensive
experimentation (which often leads to results relying on undefined
artifacts of the current behavior) is not conducive in that regard.

If you look closely, you'll find a high correlation between "David is
ranting again" and "this won't work without additional resources".  Just
a few days ago the CEDET guys had to suffer that.

> Specifiers are one thing that nobody in the SXEmacs fork has suggested
> getting rid of, by the way.

You can only get rid of things you understand.

David Kastrup

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