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bug#11457: 24.1.50; incompatible removal of apropos user options

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#11457: 24.1.50; incompatible removal of apropos user options
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:22:34 -0700

So now you've removed the user options for the apropos faces,
`apropos-symbol-face' and so on.  With the single exception of
`apropos-match-face' (why the exception? why not give it an apropos
face, which has as its default attributes those of the face `match'?).
However, you made this change in a way that disrespects users.  There is
no deprecation.  Starting immediately, you no longer respect a user's
customizations of these options that you've removed.
E.g., instead of temporarily using, say,
(if (boundp 'apropos-symbol-face) ; Deprecated in 24.1, to be
    apropos-symbol-face           ; desupported in 24.3
You immediately use only the face symbol `apropos-symbol'.
While I'm in favor of using faces instead of face options (variables),
there is a right way and a wrong way to go about such a change.  The way
you've done it, you invalidate existing user customizations.
Not a big deal, but not the best in user friendliness.
At least you mentioned the change in the NEWS - that's good.  Better
would have been to deprecate but not immediately desupport the user
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 of 2012-05-06 on MARVIN
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