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Re: Possible change to startup.el

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: Possible change to startup.el
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2005 09:55:18 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.110002 (No Gnus v0.2) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

After a week of messing with tutorial files we eventually reached the
point where tutorial files are no more correct: some files now miss
important references to copyright conditions and not grammatically
correct anymore.  Many languages don't allow titles ended with
a period.  They should be restored to their initial correct state.
There was nothing wrong with tutorial files before changes.

A more correct way to implement this feature is to add tutorial titles
as a new property of the language info-alist similarly to the
`sample-text' property which contains a sample text in the same language.

With this getting a tutorial title will be very easy:

(get-language-info current-language-environment 'tutorial-title)

Also currently the splash screen is misleading:

Emacs Tutorial   Learn how to use Emacs efficiently (TUTORIAL TITLE)

It suggest users to select "Emacs Tutorial" to get the tutorial in their
native languages.  This is wrong menu item name.  More correct text
on the splash screen would be:

Emacs Tutorial   Learn how to use Emacs efficiently
Emacs Tutorial (choose language)...   TUTORIAL TITLE

It would be good also to create a X menu with a list of languages after
selecting "Emacs Tutorial (choose language)..." menu item to help
Emacs novices to select their languages.

Juri Linkov

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