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Re: Default behaviour of RET.

From: Jarek Czekalski
Subject: Re: Default behaviour of RET.
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:45:16 +0200
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Some of the problems seem to be agreed, like retaining 2 different behaviours. But whether to choose a more popular solution - it requires a philosophical background.

You need to choose whether Emacs should remain a weird editor for geeks who do everything in the opposite way or whether it should be better approachable for new users. When I gave a shot at Emacs 2 years ago, I quit in a matter of seconds. Not having shift-selection was enough for me to bury Emacs. If you don't get fresh users, the editor may gradually become less popular. Am I right guessing that the average age of Emacs users is greater than of any other editor? So it may be called "getting old". We don't like if a nation is getting old, so I think we should not like an editor getting old too. Users must be drawn to draw developers. New blood, alternation of generations.

So more generally I would stick to the following rule: do everything like others do, unless there are serious reasons to do it differently.

A small non-counting voice on the RET behaviour from Emacs newbie: don't connect it with the electric-mode. I don't like indentation changes at any other moment except: on demand, for newline. I want new RET behavior without electric-mode. I would simply edit all modes. Personally I use <ret> for newline-and-indent and <S-ret> for newline.


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