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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: Wed, 02 Mar 2005 02:10:39 +0100
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Luc Teirlinck <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>    "Hide/Show" is something more appropriate for things like outline
>    mode, I'd say.  "Appearance" would be a reasonably good name, and the
>    cursor type belongs in there.
> A problem is that the Show/Hide menu currently contains 8 options all
> of which _really_ Show/Hide something where "Hide" has to be taken in
> the sense most other applications use that word, even though it is
> strictly speaking not 100% accurate.  All of them are the following form:
> Tool-bar
> which does not make any sense without the Show/Hide in front of it.

A check-marked "Tool-bar" for an appearing toolbar in an "Appearance"
menu does not sound too absurd to me.

Whereas a checkmarked "Tool-bar" in a "Show/Hide" menu means that the
Tool-bar is shown or hidden.  Which makes decidedly less sense.  Of
course it is either of the two.

Call it nitpicking, but I don't see how the descriptive quality would
suffer under that change.

> I still do not understand why blink-cursor-mode is less important
> than any of the twelve options that are currently at top level, some
> of which seem to _really_ be technical details for advanced users,
> who probably do not use the menu bar anyway.  For instance, "Use
> Directory Name in Buffer Names", which, like many of the other
> twelve, is downright confusing, because it seems to automatically
> apply to all file visiting buffers.

If the current menus are confusing, the solution is not to add more
confusing settings, but to fix the old ones.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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