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More visible mini-buffer prompt face

From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: More visible mini-buffer prompt face
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 17:24:39 +0100
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I do not know if I dare to make a suggestion right now. However this is a simple suggestion that will not break anything (except peoples mind perhaps ;-) ).

I have been working with some code using popup menus. That is a situation where I sometimes have to look at the popup menu and sometimes to the minibuffer. I noticed that even though I am quite used to Emacs now I sometimes am a bit slow to realize that Emacs is prompting me in the minibuffer.

I wonder if it would not be better to have a more visible face for the minibuffer prompt by default. My suggestion would be using a visible background color (some not too sharp yellow perhaps).

There is another situation where I also would prefer some more visible notice and that is when I get an error message and do not have enabled debug on error (this will be the normal user situation). I would prefer some colored face for the error messages too.

This is maybe the wrong time to suggest it. Or maybe it is not. The reason for my suggestion now is that Emacs way of displaying the things above is a bit surprising to new users. And a new release might encourage new users to try Emacs.

Is this something we can do? Is it useful at all?

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