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Re: Enabling Transient Mark Mode by default

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Enabling Transient Mark Mode by default
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 17:23:04 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

David Reitter <address@hidden> writes:

> On 20 Feb 2008, at 12:52, Juanma Barranquero wrote:
>> IMO, defaults should be choosen, if possible, so the behavior is what
>> most new users would expect. An experienced user will research how to
>> deactivate something that he doesn't like. A newbie will perhaps just
>> give up.
> I would replace "newbie" with anyone who uses Emacs alongside a number
> of other applications which provide their own editing facilities (even
> if just to fill a form field). That was my situation, and while I'd
> happily adapt one way or the other (w.r.t transient-mark-mode and key
> bindings, etc.) in general, I wouldn't want to switch back and forth
> within seconds. Emacs users say the same about switching between
> machines and having their own .emacs sync'ed between them.
> Is it possible to satisfy both types of users?
> Can't there be two variants of Emacs?

That's pointless because then the experienced users will cease to be
able help newcomers.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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