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Re: Putting blink-cursor-mode in Options menu.

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Putting blink-cursor-mode in Options menu.
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 17:58:01 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Luc Teirlinck <address@hidden> writes:

>    >                    Hence, I believe that it needs to be on the Options
>    > menu and be very visible there, i.e. on top.  The patch below does that.
>    IMO, that is the wrong place.
>    It belongs on the Options=>Show/hide submenu.
> I do not understand why that would be logical.

Because it is a visual feature that you want to see or not.

> We are not talking about _hiding_ the cursor.  I personally would
> not think of searching in that submenu, except with a "One never
> knows, I have seen people put things in strange places before" type
> attitude.

Then perhaps we should rename the menu.  It definitely does not "hide"
things, since a scrollbar or toolbar or speedbar or similar does not
get hidden, but removed or switched off.

Maybe it should be called "Appearance" or something.

> I believe that `blink-cursor-mode' is definitely important enough to
> be at top level.

I don't believe so.  We won't get further by restating our beliefs.
This is not something that can easily be "solved", we can at best make
a poll.  A poll among users would be most relevant, and if we don't
have that, a poll on developers.

Personally, if settings render Emacs unusable (like you claim) for
some audience, then these settings must be changeable from the command
line with the man page saying so.  That is the only safe way people
will have a chance to arrive at a working Emacs without suffering a
heart attack or epilepsy or blindness or whatever beforehand.

> _Every_ option is supposed to be completely irrelevant to the
> majority of people.  If not, the default is wrong.

So you say that a car need only accommodate right turns, or the
default street corners are wrong?

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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