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Re: A wish, a plea

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: A wish, a plea
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 20:58:50 +0200 (CEST)

       Making *scratch* or even something like *unnamed* readonly would
       pretty much defeat its intent.

   The principal intent of *scratch* is to be the current buffer when
   Emacs starts up.  Secondarily, it provides a place to enter notes you
   don't want to save, and eval Lisp expressions.  Making it read-only,
   so you need to type C-x C-q before inserting anything, would not spoil
   the principal intent.  It would slightly inconvenience the secondary
   intent, but that MIGHT be worth while in exchange for making it less
   likely to lose data.

Wouldn't it be smarter to make the initial splash screen the current
buffer when Emacs starts instead?  It would make sense for that to be
read-only, and when one does C-x C-q, it could for example clear it
and toggle the read-only status of the buffer (with a brief note in
the initial splash screen that one can do C-x C-q to convert it into a
"scratch" buffer).

Currently the initial splash screen vanishes really quickly, if you
try to do anything it will vanish.  You cannot copy the URL to the
guided Emacs tour, for example.  If it was the current buffer that
didn't vanish (like *scratch*), then this wouldn't happen.

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