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bug#39902: 28.0.50; Marking in dired with active region

From: Michael Heerdegen
Subject: bug#39902: 28.0.50; Marking in dired with active region
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 2020 16:02:39 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

martin rudalics <address@hidden> writes:

> Such "graphical" file browsers are line-based, they do not have a way
> to specify a position within such a line unless you are in the
> (usually F2 invoked) rename mode which puts a mask on the file name
> whose contents you can modify.

I don't get your argument.  FWIW, most of these browsers have different
kinds of "views", and I have in mind the view that is not line based but
uses a grid of icons with names under them.  Marking a region with the
mouse happens continuously.

What I want to say here is that the current behavior makes no sense to
me.  And I very much think that I'm not the only one.  I don't want to
justify why I have this expectation and be told that my mental model is
wrong.  There is no way to mathematically prove whose expectations are
right and whose are wrong.  These expectations are always subjective.
When some users are confused by the current behavior, it would be good
to improve Emacs when it's simple as it is here.


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