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Re: feature request: explain current mumbo-jumbo in mode line

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: feature request: explain current mumbo-jumbo in mode line
Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2001 08:48:24 +0200

> From: Dan Jacobson <address@hidden>
> Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> Date: 07 Apr 2001 04:54:34 +0800
> In Info File: emacs, Node: Mode Line, there is a lengthy discussion:
>      CS states the coding system used for the file you are editing.  A
>   dash indicates the default state of affairs: no code conversion, except
>   for end-of-line translation if the file contents call for that.  `='
>   means no conversion whatsoever.  Nontrivial code conversions are...
> How's about doing like Debian's deselect command, offering a "verbose"
> command for its "EIOM" settings, that would kindly explain what the
> current set of cryptic letters mean, say in a *Help* window:
> So while yes, one could be environmentally conscious, and look up in
> various places the meanings of all those ASCII packed into the left
> corner of the modeline, it sure would be nice to have a function to
> produce "Meaning of current modeline ".............""  and then goes
> character by character/item to item over the line and explains each
> one.

I don't understand what exactly isn't right in that section, in your
opinion: it _does_ go item by item explaining each one as it goes.
What change would you like to see there?  Is it just a formatting
change or a change of content as well?

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