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Re: Enabling Transient Mark Mode by default

From: Dan Nicolaescu
Subject: Re: Enabling Transient Mark Mode by default
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 07:34:48 -0800

David Reitter <address@hidden> writes:

  > 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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