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bug#7771: 23.1; can't turn off font-lock-mode globally

From: K. Richard Pixley
Subject: bug#7771: 23.1; can't turn off font-lock-mode globally
Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2011 12:29:13 -0800
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On 20110103 11:52, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
From: "K. Richard Pixley"<address@hidden>
Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:40:19 -0800

I believe that the fix needs to occur at a meta level to font lock.
What do you mean by "meta level to font lock"?
I mean that the mechanism for allowing or barring font lock apparently can't be part of the font lock subsystem. It appears as though it will need to be outside the font-lock system in order to _gate_ the font lock system.

It appears as though people may be erroneously conflating font-lock modes with syntactic meaning of the underlying text and keying off font-lock values rather than the syntactic meanings. This leads to the erroneous programmer impression that font-lock is a necessary prerequisite for their code, so they force it on.

Perhaps this is just an iteration of the "better lock, better lockpick, better lock, better lockpick" escalation cycle. Perhaps there's another way to solve this problem without resorting to an escalation. But as emacs is currently regressing, (can't use major modes that used to be available), it appears as though we are in dire need of a quick fix before emacs regresses to a point of complete inutility.

Either that, or we need to back off some recent changes and return to the code that worked.


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