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Re: describe-mode should mention the .el file of the mode

From: Kevin Rodgers
Subject: Re: describe-mode should mention the .el file of the mode
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 13:56:15 -0600
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Dan Jacobson wrote:
> K> No, that would be overkill.  If you want to see the source code of the
> K> major mode function, type `C-h v major-mode', click on the function
> K> name, then click on the file name.  You suggestion would only save the
> K> user 1 mouse click, hardly worth it.
> We examine the differences,

Between the output of `C-h m' in Text mode and in Makefile mode --


> As we see, with the present C-h m, we are denied the juicy link.
> Instead Mr. Rodgers proposes the user translate "Makefile" into
> "makefile-mode", "Text" into "text-mode", and hit some more keys, for
> fear of overkill.

No, I propose that the user let Emacs translate `major-mode' into
`text-mode' or `makefile-mode' for him/her.  But my claim that the
difference between your request and this approach was only 1 mouse
failed to consider the 10 characters in "major-mode".  Like this:

(defun describe-major-mode-function ()
  "*Display the full documentation of the `major-mode' function."
  (describe-function major-mode))

Kevin Rodgers

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