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Re: Enabling Transient Mark Mode by default

From: David Reitter
Subject: Re: Enabling Transient Mark Mode by default
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 16:27:06 +0000

On 20 Feb 2008, at 16:04, Juanma Barranquero wrote:

Of course. But an experienced user does not *need* for Emacs to agree
with other apps he uses: he can customize it. The trouble is
unexperienced users who find themselves with (to them) weird or
unexpected behavior, and no way to fix it. We can give them familiar
defaults, or we can send them to RTFM...

Absolutely. Despite some 15-20 years experience with computers, I had no Emacs and no Lisp experience. So I gave up twice until I decided to bite the bullet and switch to the only editor with Prolog support. It took me many weeks to customize it to the behavior I was used to from all my other apps. And even four years later I find myself going nuts over some things, except that I know now why they're hard to implement.

By the way, I found empirically that some 80 percent of all users (exact figure eludes me now) left the Aquamacs default of opening new buffers in separate frames turned on. They're happy with it and get on with their lives. Of course there's a few others, old-time Emacs users, who don't find the big fat menu option in "Options" to turn this off, and instead bitch about it on their blogs. But I tend to look at what the majority wants, even if it might not be the best solution when ignoring the user's environment (other apps!). That's why we've got these things switched on. Including variable-width fonts for all text modes.

I've never understood what hinders people from providing an "Emacs" and an "Emacs Classic", which simply differ in their default configuration. (But I also don't really care any more.)

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