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Re: lynx-dev forms-options patch

From: Nelson Henry Eric
Subject: Re: lynx-dev forms-options patch
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 10:03:13 +0900 (JST)

> > there's a very misleading description of Forms Options in
> > INSTALLATION, `configure' & `configure -help':
> > ` --enable-forms-options ' means ` --disable-forms-menu ' ie if you,
> > want BOTH you should OMIT this item from configure                 ,
> For those who have difficulty with reading INSTALLATION file and for
> all others this obvious patch proposed. Tom, please
> +* Remove a note on EXP_FORMS_OPTIONS from INSTALLATION file to made
> +installation more obvious: we compile in both options menu under
> +the cost of ~30Kb extra executable size, but hold the compatibility
> +with previous versions (for those who like well-know old options
> +menu fashion). New-style menu enabled as default (check lynx.cfg for
> +run-time switch, please).  EXP_FORMS_OPTIONS which(!) `#ifndef' the
> +old-style code now #undef'ed in LYGlobalDefs.h.  Let someone who
> +worry about extra ~30Kb read this note in CHANGES and tweak the code
> +manually. - LP

The description of Forms Options in INSTALLATION _may_ have been
misleading, but I don't think that means it should be withdrawn.  The
option itself is IMO an excellent use of the autoconf feature.  If
people understand what it does, why take it out?  Your above explanation
is perfectly clear, so perhaps some of that explanation should go
into INSTALLATION.  Perhaps the configure option naming was poor,
and it should be "--disable-old-options-menu".  Maybe it should be a
--with/without pair rather than --enable/disable.  Anyway, the whole
point of configure is to make compiling flexible and automatic without
having to tweak the code.


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