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RE: v for view-mode

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: v for view-mode
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 15:20:27 -0800

> >     Since "view-mode" sucks in just about every conceivable
> >     way, and is AFAICT, un-salvageable, here's a more
> >     minimalist (but less sucky) replacement you might enjoy:
> >
> > As someone who uses view-mode every day and finds it pretty
> > satisfactory (and your replacement would not, in itself be
> > so, for my purposes) I am interested to know exactly what it
> > is that you think sucks about view-mode.
> It's a huge mess of needlessly complicated (and often downright wrong,
> e.g., all the bizarre code that does size calculation, which has no
> obvious purpose, and yet screws up common usage scenarios) code.
> It gets even the most basic functionality wrong; e..g, the reason I
> whipped up more-mode is that hitting SPC in view-mode seemed to scroll
> by _more_ than one page in a particular buffer!  Why?  Who knows, I
> don't care, but even a simple C-v does the right thing.
> Because view-mode such a huge mess, it's hard to fix (technically).
> Moreover, for better or for worse, people on emacs-devel are very
> conservative about changing it, so even the smallest change requires a
> vast amount of time arguing on this list.
> Since I just want a simple pager that actually works correctly in the
> most common case, it's far, far, easier to just write one 
> than expend a lot of effort on a turd like view-mode.

Agreed wrt view-mode's complexity. And don't forget the hyperbolic (or is it
metabolic?) view-mode quitting code. Bind-moggling.

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