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Re: select-active-regions, Emacs not X

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: select-active-regions, Emacs not X
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:08:53 +0900

Andreas Röhler <address@hidden> writes:
> IMHO pure cursor move should not send the region to clipboard per default.
> OTOH that seems a useful feature for mouse-regions

If you don't have the tmm region activated, cursor movement shouldn't
affect the selection.  If you _do_ have the tmm region activated, on the
other hand, updating the region via cursor movement _should_ affect the
selection, because that's what the X selection is:  roughly speaking
it's the "latest highlighted thing".

There should be no difference between "tmm-keyboard-regions" and
"mouse-regions" -- they are both methods of selecting text, and both
look the same and behave very similarly in most other ways; to make
mouse regions "special" would simply confuse the user and disadvantage
keyboard users.

Note that other apps (e.g., I tested firefox and chromium) also work
this way: updating a region of selected text with the keyboard sets the
X selection.


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