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

From: K. Richard Pixley
Subject: Re: bug#7771: 23.1; can't turn off font-lock-mode globally
Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2011 14:27:54 -0800
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On 20110103 12:39, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
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.

You are entitled to your opinions, but to me syntax-sensitive colors
are an important feature because they show me my mistakes before they
hit the compiler.

I'm not arguing about whether syntax sensitive colors are an important feature. I agree that it makes sense for emacs to make this feature available.

I have similar functionality from autoindent, blink paren closing, etc so I do understand that when these work, they provide earlier notice of problems.

My argument is that syntax sensitivity should be available independently of color presentation. That is, I should have blink matching parens, autoindent, etc, even if I have colors turned off.


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