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Re: Possible change to startup.el

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Possible change to startup.el
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 22:10:03 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Thien-Thi Nguyen <address@hidden> writes:

>    From: David Kastrup <address@hidden>
>    Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 19:44:37 +0100
>    ! Emacs Tutorial           Learn-by-doing tutorial (in many languages)
>    !                  for using Emacs efficiently.
> how about:
> Emacs Tutorial: bg, cn, cs, de, en, es, fr, it, ja, ko, nl, pl, pt_BR,
>                 ro, ru, sk, sl, sv, th, zh
> this is explicit, does not require understanding "in many
> languages", and can be machine maintained, in addition to taking two
> lines.  i'm sure someone will find a way to work animated flag
> images and clickable widgets into this idea, that's the problem w/
> creative programmers...

I am afraid that the character version is not going to appeal to the
non-geek who probably never has heard of things like "sk".  However,
the clickable widget idea has merit, a tooltip with the full language
name would help quite a bit, and the flag idea definitely is a very
good idea: it is an eye-catcher, and usually pretty moron-accessible.
Giving the tutorial a non-textual click&drool appeal and associative
value might really be what is needed to get people to click there.

So where do we get copyright-free flag icons?  If they are the
official design, they should usually not be copyrightable in the first
place, I'd guess.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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