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Re: scroll-conservatively default

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: scroll-conservatively default
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007 06:13:13 +0200

> From: Dan Nicolaescu <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2007 13:20:57 -0800
> 2. Defaults should not be chosen based on what people that can write
> their own .emacs like.

The point was that, given the age of this feature (see below), many
users would be accustomed to this behavior, so changing this
particular default would require them all to modify their .emacs.
That's be a hassle, I think.

> Emacs should try to be consistent with the general accepted behavior
> of other applications. And only try to be different after very
> careful consideration.

This would be a valid argument if we were discussing some new behavior
that didn't exist before.  But this particular behavior (scrolling
when point goes outside the visible portion of the buffer) was in
Emacs since day one, many years ago, when practically speaking there
were no "other applications" to be compatible with.  So I don't see
how this argument applies here.

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