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Re: messages while the minibuffer is active

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: messages while the minibuffer is active
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 20:40:00 +0900 (JST)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> > The way that emacs currently deals with messages that get displayed
> > while the minibuffer is active is very annoying (it basically overrides
> > the minibuffer to show the message).
> What exactly is annoying with this, from a user's perspective?

Because it *hides* both your input and the prompt, *while* you're
typing!  If it's a prompt that requires a single letter input, then you
have to sit there and *wait* for the stupid thing to go away.

Sure, you can usually type a key to make the message go away, but it's
already interfered with your train of thought, and about 99% percent of
the time in my experience, the message is either totally irrelevant
(something else happened in the background that threw up a message), a
trivial error (e.g. "No further undo information"), or something
`informational' ("Loading foobar...done"), which certainly don't warrant
such an intrusion.

Basically it's just *supremely* annoying (I find it hard to believe you
don't think so).


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