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Re: Experimental features

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Experimental features
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 19:47:06 -0400

    1 - sometimes a single `setq' is not enough to activate a feature.

That is true, but I don't see that this means we need a special
framework for these features.

    2 - I like the idea of being able to list the experimental features.

I think NEWS is good enough for that.

I think that making a feature experimental is really a matter for us,
the developers.

If a feature is a self-contained major mode, and certainly won't
affect anyone that doesn't enable that mode, that is automatically
safe to try installing.  So we can just install it with nothing

But if feature involves adding code in some existing files, files
which have other purposes and uses, that added code might break
something.  So we might want to add an explicit conditional around
each piece of code added in other files, so that we KNOW this feature
can't break anything if you don't enable it.

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