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Re: Fiddling with the menus

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Fiddling with the menus
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 06:16:49 +0300

> From: Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Date: Sun, 09 Aug 2009 22:09:42 -0400
> > When I work on a laptop, I have the Battery display on all the time,
> Great.  I have global-reveal-mode ON all the time.  So by that same
> argument we should make it available from the menu.
> > because Emacs lets me customize that display in ways most OSes never
> > will.
> We're not talking about eliminating the battery display.  Only about
> whether or not it should be present in the menu.
> > As for Time, why should I move my eyes to the system's display,
> > somewhere on the fringes of the screen, just to know what time it is?
> Same argument.  You're arguing against the elimination of the feature,
> but that's not what we're talking about.

The argument was that they are "of little use".  I wanted to say that
I use them a lot.  If someone wants more than 2 opposite opinions,
let's have a poll.  Otherwise, let's stop wasting energy on such petty
issues.  We've been rearranging the menus time and again, since Emacs
21.1, and there's always someone else to come and say the menus are
not useful.

> >> But I also do not remember why they were added
> > Mainly to advertise these features.  Many users don't know Emacs
> > has them.
> Are they sufficiently important to warrant advertisement?
> Are people going to prefer Emacs over something else because it can
> display the time and battery status?

I only know we put them there in Emacs 22.  At that time, there was a
consensus that this is a good thing.  Maybe we should let them be
there for a few more version before we decide that we were all on
drugs back then.

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