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Re: Options menu

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Options menu
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 16:55:13 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

"Eli Zaretskii" <address@hidden> writes:

>> Cc: "Lennart Borgman" <address@hidden>,
>>        address@hidden
>> From: David Kastrup <address@hidden>
>> Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 12:24:34 +0100
>> > When Emacs 21.1 was released, many users complained about the
>> > changed menu-bar structure, even though the new structure was
>> > generally better, certainly more standard-compliant, and had many
>> > useful additions.  Still, they complained.  There's a lesson to be
>> > learned here, IMHO: significant changes in the menu bar should only
>> > be done for a very good reason.
>> Uh, Eli?  Reality check.  The last released menu structure is from the
>> year 2001 or so.
> It was redesigned in 2001, but it was last released just a few weeks
> ago, with Emacs 21.4.

I just took a look at Emacs 21.4 and noticed that it indeed is quite
similar to what we have now except for a few additions (New file,
Hide/Show, Blinking Cursor, CUA mode and some others).  Somehow I was
of the opinion that the big redesign happened post-21.1.

>> No matter _what_ we will release next, it will have significant
>> changes all over the board.
> Not in the menu-bar's menu structure, AFAIK.
>> Consistency and cleanliness _are_ good reasons.
> Apparently, not good enough for quite a few users.  That was what I
> was trying to tell above, obviously with no success.

Well, since Hide/Show is an addition since the last release, renaming
it to "Appearance" would not be a compatibility consideration.  And
moving blink-cursor-mode inside of it would make the menu _more_
similar to what we had previously.

>> the current structure _is_ already completely dissimilar to the
>> last released one.
> Unless I miss a lot of changes, I don't see how the current CVS is
> ``completely dissimilar'' to v21.4 as far as the menu bar is
> concerned.  The changes are quite small.

You are correct.  Sorry for being confused about that.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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