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Re: controlling hollow box cursor

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: controlling hollow box cursor
Date: 03 Apr 2002 00:11:38 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2.50

Tak Ota <address@hidden> writes:

> I've asked this before and haven't received any comments.  Could
> someone comment on the following change?  The purpose of this is to
> control the appearance/disappearance of hollow box cursor by the
> variable `cursor-in-non-selected-windows'.  You can't comment before
> trying thought, because the effect is fairly subjective.

I don't see what those two things have in common, so I don't like
the change!

The generic solution would probably be to add a new variable,
alternate-cursor-type which can be set to e.g. nil or 'hollow to
specify the cursor type to use when blinking the standard cursor-type.

However, this is a little complicated since cursor-type is
buffer-local, so I'd guess alternate-cursor-type would have to be
buffer-local as well.  And we would also have to add the
alternate-cursor-type to the frame-parameters to initialize
the cursor type.

A simpler approach would be to have two global variables:
alternate-block-cursor-type and alternate-bar-cursor-type
which would be used in all buffers.  This could be implemented
in 30 minutes.

However, IIRC, Richard didn't want to make this configurable.

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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