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Re: change cursor type when idle

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: change cursor type when idle
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 23:27:38 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.110004 (No Gnus v0.4) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>     I like your proposed feature, but I have one doubt.  Usually I use the
>     bar cursor, and sometimes it is hard to locate it in dense text areas.
>     Changing its type to a box cursor (and/or its color) would help,
>     but any delay before changing it (e.g. 2 sec) seems arbitrary.
>     I need to make the cursor more visible not after some delay, but
>     only when I need to locate it.
> Ah, I see... The version that lights up and screams "Here!" *ONLY* when you
> in fact need to locate it is an expensive option ;-). Mind-reading is never
> cheap, if it's accurate.

What about adding a new function `read-mind'? (after the release) ;-)

> Seriously, yes, 2 sec is arbitrary, and you can choose another period that
> you might prefer. For me, 1 sec is usually too short, and 3 is usually too
> long.

Most often a long idle period means that I started reading displayed text,
and don't need to see the cursor.  I use `avoid.el' to move the mouse
pointer away from text, and like to do the same for the cursor.
So I rather like to hide the cursor after an idle period than to make it
more visible.  I see no other way to tell Emacs to show the cursor when need
than to press some keys.

Juri Linkov

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