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Re: Speed of keyboard macro execution?

From: John Wiegley
Subject: Re: Speed of keyboard macro execution?
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:14:48 -0800
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>>>>> David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:

> My claim is not about "right" but "useful" behavior. We've had one other
> person state that he switches off visual-line-mode always since keyboard
> macros would otherwise be useless. Of course that's one possibility, but
> visual-line-mode is actually useful for _visual_ navigation. Which is not
> what happens during macro execution since the computer executes the recorded
> keys without human intervention. Which makes sense in _similar_ but not
> identical situations (for identical situations, one could just copy and
> paste the result repeatedly). And non-identical situations will sometimes
> have lines wrapped visually and sometimes not without that being related to
> the structure of the modified text.

I think we're presupposing what users want, and that is no reason to change a
long-standing default. You can always disable visual movement during recording
and playback manually; I don't see why it needs to happen automatically now.

If you want a customization option to auto-disable visual movement during
recording and playback, it should be easy to achieve with advice. Give it a
try for a few months, and then tell me if you really find it to be a quality
of life improvement. If so, I'd welcome the customization.

John Wiegley                  GPG fingerprint = 4710 CF98 AF9B 327B B80F
http://newartisans.com                          60E1 46C4 BD1A 7AC1 4BA2

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