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Re: Toggling buffer-local variables from Options menu on menu bar

From: Nick Roberts
Subject: Re: Toggling buffer-local variables from Options menu on menu bar
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 10:31:55 +1300

Richard Stallman writes:
 >      > There is already a menu item Truncate Long Lines in this Buffer.  (Its
 >      > doc string doesn't make clear that it applies only to the current
 >      > buffer.)  We could have a couple more such options -- but not too
 >      > many!
 >     It sounds like you are suggesting more items for the menu with unclear 
 > doc
 >     strings.  What are you suggesting?
 > Someone else suggested it.  I'm saying I'm not against it.

You're mail was in response to Lennart's:

LB> Simply because it requires a mouse. If this alternatives where added to 
LB> the Buffer menu in the menu bar instead the user would not have to use a 
LB> mouse to reach them.

AFAICS there is no Buffer menu in the menu bar, just one called Buffers which
is used for accessing other buffers not operations in the current buffer.
So what are we talking about?  Moving buffer-local options to the Buffers menu
Adding more options there? If so, which ones?  Adding more options to the
options menu?

 > Could you fix the doc string of the command that sets truncate-lines
 > in the current buffer, so that it clearly says it applies
 > to the current buffer?

Currently the menu item name is more clear than the doc/help string.  I could
duplicate them but this makes the help string a bit pointless.  However my
original point was that buffer-local options shouldn't be on the menu bar.
I think this arrangement is confusing even with clear doc strings.

Nick                                           http://www.inet.net.nz/~nickrob

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