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Re: M-x compile and window splitting

From: Frank Schmitt
Subject: Re: M-x compile and window splitting
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 13:33:33 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.92 (gnu/linux)

Tassilo Horn <address@hidden> writes:
k> Frank Schmitt <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi!


>> In Emacs 23, the window is split vertically instead of horizontally
> No, it's split horizontally instead of vertically in Emacs speach, see
> `C-h k C-x 3'.

Rather un-intuitive IMO but however.

>> - the change doesn't seem to be mentioned in NEWS (at least I couldn't
>>   find it)
> ,----[ /usr/share/emacs/23.0.92/etc/NEWS ]
> | *** New value nil for split-height-threshold inhibits vertical splitting
> | unless there's no other window.
> | 
> | +++
> | *** New option split-width-threshold controls horizontal splitting.
> | 
> | +++
> | *** A window can be split horizontally even when it's not full-width.
> | 
> | +++
> | *** New option split-window-preferred-function can be set to a function
> | to override the default splitting mechanism of display-buffer.
> `----

I don't think those lines are very helpful for users without deeper
knowledge of this area in Emacs. At least I don't understand a word of
those lines.

It is not clearly said, that the default splitting for frames with only
one window has changed. It is not clear what influences the decision
whether to split horizontally or vertically.

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