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bug#2176: 2176 proposal

From: Zachary Kanfer
Subject: bug#2176: 2176 proposal
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 01:59:32 -0400

My goal was to shorten up the text, as it's a little verbose. I think that people are, by and large, used to the UI convention of "blue underlined" means a link, but I get your point. What do you think would be the appropriate part of the text to link? "recover-session" is the action, so linking that would make sense, but the constant text changing (i.e., variable-pitch for the beginning of the line, fixed-pitch for "M-x", fixed-pitch link for "recover-session", then variable-pitch again for the rest of the line) gives it a jarring effect, at least to me. Perhaps I'm overanalyzing. What do you think of the effects of this patch?
Do we also want "Meta-x" instead of "M-x", to make it easier for such users, even though the usage is different from almost everywhere else in Emacs?
 -Zachary Kanfer

=== modified file 'lisp/startup.el'
*** lisp/startup.el     2011-07-14 12:57:06 +0000
--- lisp/startup.el     2011-07-28 05:56:34 +0000
*************** a face or button specification."
*** 1574,1586 ****
         (fancy-splash-insert :face '(variable-pitch font-lock-comment-face)
!                           "\nIf an Emacs session crashed recently, "
!                           "type "
!                           :face '(fixed-pitch font-lock-comment-face)
!                           "Meta-x recover-session RET"
                            :face '(variable-pitch font-lock-comment-face)
!                           "\nto recover"
!                           " the files you were editing."))
    (when concise
--- 1574,1587 ----

On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:58 AM, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> From: Zachary Kanfer <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 23:13:00 -0400
> This patch makes the line include a link to run 'recover-session .
> It also rephrases the text. The text used to be "If an Emacs session crashed
> recently, type Meta-x recover-session RET \nto recover the files you were
> editing." The rephrased text is "If Emacs crashed recently, you may recover
> your previous session."
> The text no longer tells you how to run the command (i.e., with Meta-x
> recover-session RET). This is in line with the other commands on the page
> (e.g., Emacs Tutorial, Open a File).

Recovering a crashed session is much more important than visiting a
tutorial or opening a file.  I would understand and support a
suggestion to _add_ a clickable link, but why would you want to remove
the information about invoking recovery by hand?  A user whose session
crashed may be under pressure, and not immediately recognize the
significance of the blue underlined portion of the text.

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