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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: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 22:35:37 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>       I clearly said in previous postings
>     that the blinking cursor produced discomfort to me because of
>     neuro-physiological differences with what presumably is the majority
>     of people.
> I believe you.
> What we should do depends on how common this condition is.  What
> fraction of users react this way?  Is it 10%?  1%?  .01%?
> Maybe someone can find something in the user interface literature
> which reports on this.

It appears clear to me that things like selecting a static cursor (I'd
imagine for a blind person using a screen reader the blinking would be
less than optimal) or a pure white on black display (there are also
people that can't work with the "normal" black on white displays)
warrant options of their own even when there are few people afflicted
with it.  I know several people that use inverse video because of
extreme discomfort.

And the same people then use fonts that are so tiny that they'd give
me a headache.  One can assume that those kind of people manage with a
terminal and an Emacs manual page at some time, so command line
options would be appropriate.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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