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RE: feature request: indicator of minibuffer-recursion depth

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: feature request: indicator of minibuffer-recursion depth
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 13:42:46 -0700

> Something like the following patch?
> +(defvar minibuffer-depth-indicator (propertize "[%d]" 'face 'highlight)

Sure, something like that would be OK. 

Better, IMO, would be something that even non-Lispers could use. Just use a 
face-valued variable in place of the face symbol. Or just add a `defface' and 
use that new face, not `highlight'.

> I'd like to make `minibuffer-depth-indicator' a defcustom, but I don't
> see a way to allow propertizing it (other than adding a second
> variable, ugh).

What's wrong with that? I do that in Icicles: a variable for the text and a 
face for the face. 

It beats making users know how to use `propertize' just to customize the 
appearance of this, IMO. It doesn't take a newbie long to figure out how to 
change either the face or the text. It would take a newbie long (and s?he'd 
need a fair amount of confidence) to "customize" a propertized string value 
such as your indicator's.

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