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Re: Customizing the mode line

From: Štěpán Němec
Subject: Re: Customizing the mode line
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 11:31:29 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-08-27)

On Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 01:09:43AM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 30 2009, Stefan Monnier wrote:
> >> information that is much less important, like
> >> the percentage of the file before the window start
> >
> > I indeed never look at it, but I'm uneasy removing it: basically I find
> > it redundant when you have scrollbars, but in case you don't have
> > scrollbars (e.g. in a non-GUI terminal) it's not redundant (but I got
> > so used to using the scrollbars that it never occurs to me to look at
> > the modeline for that info.  Actually, I do look at the mode-line when
> > I need to figure out "where am I" but then I look at the line number
> > rather than the percentage).
> > What do other people think about it?
>         I am not a emacs developer, but as a long time user I would
>  prefer to have the percentages instead of the scrollbar, if there were
>  a choice (I know there is not). But I would much rather preserve the
>  percentages.
>         I also find the scrollbar somewhat confusing: When the end of
>  buffer is visible in the window, I would expect the scrollbar to reach
>  all the way to the bottom, but it does not.
I would prefer the percentage, too, at least with the current weird
scrollbar behaviour.

> > I think the major-mode/minor mode display is important, but I agree that
> > it often takes up a lot of space to display unchanging info.  It would
> > be good to come up with some way to make it more space efficient.
> > Maybe we could replace "(Mail Fly Abbrev Fill)" with "(Mail..FAF)" and
> > then expand the FAF to "Fly Abbrev Fill" in a tooltip.
>         How would this work on a non-windowed environment? Could a
>  mechanism be devised to show the minor modes on user request, say, in
>  the minibuffer?
>         manoj
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