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Global indicators (was: make-progress-reporter suggestions: 'modeline an

From: Julien Danjou
Subject: Global indicators (was: make-progress-reporter suggestions: 'modeline and customizable progress-reporter--pulse-characters)
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:48:29 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110014 (No Gnus v0.14) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Wed, Feb 23 2011, Chong Yidong wrote:

> Global indicators, especially transient ones, ought to use the echo
> area.

This is a more general problem. There's no space for global indicator in
Emacs, e.g. display-time, erc-track etc "abuses" mode-line because they
have no other choice. Using the echo area which is transient does not
seems like the right thing to do.

Unless somone add a non transient part to it. That would be awesome.

> If that's too hard, how about reserving the first character in the echo
> area for a spinner instead?

Why not rather a full part of the echo area for all the global
indicators that should be there rather than in the mode-line?

Julien Danjou
❱ http://julien.danjou.info

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