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Re: PATCH: num3-mode for highlighting groups of digits in long numbers

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: PATCH: num3-mode for highlighting groups of digits in long numbers
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:07:18 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2.50 (gnu/linux)

>>> This time I bring to you a patch adding num3-mode which helps read long
>>> numbers by alternating highlighting of group of digits in a long
>>> number, so for instance something like:
>> Looks nice, thanks.  Tho I'd rather add it to GNU ELPA than to
>> Emacs proper.
> Obviously, I would love to have it in Emacs, especially since it's tiny
> and I strongly believe it could benefit everyone by turning it on by
> default, but I could settle for a package if no one wants it in
> Emacs. ;)

I'm moving in the direction of keeping in Emacs only the
"infrastructure" packages and leaving most of the end-user packages in

Note that it doesn't necessarily mean it won't be included in Emacs.
I hope that by Emacs-25, the Emacs tarball will be made up of Emacs
proper plus some bundled ELPA packages so we can freely move packages to
ELPA (e.g. for Gnus and Org).

> However, I could not figure out how would I go about preparing a package
> to go there.  Emacswiki points to a overly-long thread with some
> pointers about policy, but no steps to get a package there.

For single-file packages, you just need to file to be structured
correctly (try C-u M-x checkdoc-current-buffer) and have "Version:"
and "Maintainer:" headers at the beginning.

Also the packages need to have their copyright paperwork in order, just
like code included with Emacs, so we can easily move code between
the two.


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