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bug#26233: 26.0.50; [PATCH] Improve documentation for display-buffer-ali
bug#26233: 26.0.50; [PATCH] Improve documentation for display-buffer-alist
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:38:25 +0200
> 2. I _did_ object at the time.
Sorry, but the time was 2011 and at that time I wrote ...
Your approach will divide Emacs users into two groups: A wide majority
that continues to use the old options and a small minority able to write
their own alist based functions.
... and ...
Most of what you propose above is easily available in Emacs 23 via
`special-display-regexps'. An application would just temporarily add
the buffer, the function, and the alist to the head of that and get the
behavior without setting any arguments. Is it really worth inventing a
new `display-buffer' in order to resolve such cosmetic issues?
You did not bother to participate in that discussion and so you did not
object at the time.
> `display-buffer-alist' is notoriously difficult to
> understand and make use of. As one example, though I've
> asked several times how to use it to get the same effect
> provided by these options I've never gotten a response.
> That's the first step for Emacs to take, IMO, after
> undeprecating these options (as well as anything else
> "special-display", of course, such as
> `special-display-alist'): State in the doc exactly how
> they correspond to a special case of using
> `display-buffer-alist'. _Show_ the equivalence.
Despite the fact that many years ago I moved these options and the
corresponding functions from C to Elisp, I still don't understand them
and very likely never will. If you asked me how to obtain a specific
behavior with ‘display-buffer-alist’, I might be able to come up with an
answer. In any case I deeply regret that I ever got involved in this.
bug#26233: 26.0.50; [PATCH] Improve documentation for display-buffer-alist, martin rudalics, 2017/03/24