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Re: Enabling Transient Mark Mode by default

From: Robert J. Chassell
Subject: Re: Enabling Transient Mark Mode by default
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 12:07:06 +0000 (UTC)

    ... does region highlighting make it harder to learn to use Emacs ...?

As far as I can see it does, since extraneous highlighting means you
are less likely to use C-SPC (set-mark-command) for navigation or use
C-SPC and then C-a (move-beginning-of-line) when in the center of a
line (i.e., use Emacs as an editor.  I know this sets the mark twice
but the single keyboard command of just C-a (move-beginning-of-line)
does not set the region to be just the part of the line moved over.)

With Transient-Mark mode disabled, those commands do not cause
highlighting in editing buffers.  

Today's GNU Emacs CVS snapshot, Thu, 2008 Feb 21  11:06 UTC
GNU Emacs (i686-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.12.5)

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