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Re: kill ring menu

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: kill ring menu
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 01:01:16 -0600 (MDT)

    Ok.  I have a suggestion.  Currently, the only modes I can think of
    included with Emacs where typing M-x font-lock-mode twice doesn't work
    are Info and shell-mode (can anyone think of any others?).  So, would
    anyone object if I changed them to use a `font-lock-fontify-region'

That depends on some details of what changes you have in mind.
Would you please explain more clearly what that change would imply?
What would the user-visible consequences be?  Would it mean that these
modes load font-lock.el in order to do fontification?

Could you do this by moving a minimal amount of the font-lock API into
a preloaded file, so that this will NOT require use of the font-lock
*mechanism* or loading font-lock?

    All of the other suggestions so far were optimizations, either in time
    or memory space.  This may simply not turn out to be necessary;
    Searching for text properties is quite fast, and almost every mode now
    uses font-lock.el for fontification anyways.  If they do turn out to be
    necessary, then we can figure out what the best way to speed things up
    and reduce memory usage is.

This approach says "fall down a long ways, and then think about
climbing up."  Sorry, I don't think this approach is acceptable.
I already made that decision; please don't keep proposing it.

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