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Why was the global-mode-string moved?

From: John Wiegley
Subject: Why was the global-mode-string moved?
Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 14:04:33 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.090008 (Oort Gnus v0.08) Emacs/21.3.50 (i686-pc-linux-gnu)

I found this entry:

2002-08-21  Kim F. Storm  <address@hidden>

        * bindings.el (mode-line-format): Moved global-mode-string last.
        (mode-line-position): Moved %p first.  Added padding to %l/%c to
        eliminate jumpyness in modeline.  Use (%l,%c) format if both
        line-number-mode and column-number-mode are enabled.

Why was this done?  I liked having the time of day, my current
battery level, etc., *before* the minor-mode-alist.  Since the
minor-mode-alist has a tendency to be large, it now pushes
everything so far off to the right that the mode-line is nearly

I can fix this for myself, but can anyone tell me why it shouldn't
be moved back?  I think the minor-mode-alist should be close to the
end, since the information it conveys is less often reference than
the other details on the mode-line.


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