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bug#28648: Make mode-line number display consistent when both line and c


From: Robert Weiner
Subject: bug#28648: Make mode-line number display consistent when both line and col numbers are shown.
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:48:32 -0400

On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 2:20 PM, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> From: Robert Weiner <address@hidden>
> Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:45:01 -0400
> Cc: address@hidden, Richard Stallman <address@hidden>
>
>  We had "Ln Cn" kind of display in Emacs 21 and before, and we changed
>  that to the current display in Emacs 22.1 (the change itself is from
>  Aug 2002).
>
> ​Was there any particular rationale for this?

Yes: the "Ln Cn" display was deemed "quite annoying to look at".
Sounds familiar? ;-)

​One person said that and there were differing opinions.  RMS agreed to the change but it is unclear which parts he really wanted.  Richard, did you really want the display of L and C removed when both are shown or was there some other aspect to this change that you wanted?  The better question is what do you think now?
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  http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2002-08/msg00451.html

​Thanks for the pointer.  The thread does not suggest that the change was based on any universal or even consensus opinion, thus it should be open to debate again.

Bob


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