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Re: Transient Mark Mode on by default

From: Robert J. Chassell
Subject: Re: Transient Mark Mode on by default
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 11:29:53 +0000 (UTC)

        So all-in-all I really don't see why everybody is making a lot
         of fuzz over making shift-select a 1st class emacs feature

Except that is not what the arguments concerning Transient Mark mode
are about.  The question is whether to activate a region.  The
question comes up because the current action makes visible a mode of
navigation that some people do not use.

The arguments are not whether to have or what user interface to have
to combine two commands.  For example, an argument could regard a user
interface, whether to use a shift key in a graphic environment when
you move point and so at the same time select the region moved over.
Instead of that argument or whether to have the commands combined, the
arguments are different.

One argument is whether to use an `interactive' function for that
interface or to use something else, such as properties.

A second argument is whether to continue to use the old meaning of
mark.  (The first argument looks forward twenty years and more; the
second looks back twenty years and more.)

A third argument is whether to activate a region with the same
highlighting and under the same conditions that others use for
navigation and/or discover with `exchange-point-and-mark' with the
user interface `C-x C-x'.  (That argument looks both forward and

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