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Re: Grep and font-lock

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Grep and font-lock
Date: 23 Apr 2004 19:41:48 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>     That's actually what I suggested: font-lock does not only set
>     faces.  compile.el uses it to set faces (which have no other
>     purpose than aesthetic) and to set crucial meta info.  So you
>     can't just plain turn off font-lock because it would break grep,
>     but we could add some option to font-lock so you can have it ON
>     without any of the visual effects.
> When a mode uses the font-lock mechanism to put on other properties,
> turning font-lock mode on and off should have no effect on that.
> Turning font-lock mode on and off should only affect the faces.
> If this is not how it works now, let's change it.

Definitely.  Since compile has changed, I get occasional colors
appearing here and there randomly.  I find that annoying.  I want my
font lock to stay turned off.

That being said, I think we should change the default of font-lock to
"on": new users consider it a great and helpful feature and are used
to getting it from their editors and on relying on this sort of syntax

This will not change that I will keep font lock turned off on my
Emacs, but it is easier for me to turn it off than for a new user to
turn it on.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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