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Re: Emacs Mac port

From: Daniel Colascione
Subject: Re: Emacs Mac port
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:54:34 -0800
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On 12/30/2015 10:30 PM, Richard Stallman wrote:
>         > * The function `mac-start-animation' provides several animation
>         >   effects via Core Animation.
> It looks like this feature would only be for MacOS, so we should not
> install it.  If you would like to help the cause of freedom, one way
> you can do so is by not releasing this code at all.

You'll probably just interpret this email as an attack on free software
or something, so I really shouldn't bother sending it --- but I really
can't help in this particular instance pointing out how absurd it is to
claim that someone shouldn't provide a trivial interface to platform
graphical facilities, and support emojis, merely because nobody's
bothered to implement these facilities on GNU/X11/GTK/Linux.

I probably shouldn't point this out, but Emacs on OS X already supports
invoking AppleScript. There's no GNU/Linux equivalent. Quelle horreur!

>         > * Emoji display, with support of variation sequences (text-style
>         >   vs. emoji-style) and modifiers (skin tones) if the font supports
>         >   them.
> Reportedly this needs changes in other parts of GNU/Linux first.
> Until then, we should not install it.

Why don't *you* send a patch?

That way, we can make both Emacs and GNU/Linux better instead of making
Emacs worse to accomplish making GNU/Linux look marginally better ---
actually, in accomplish nothing, since nobody's fooled into thinking OS
X lacks features merely because Emacs doesn't support them.

>         > * Blend-and-blur of background color on OS X 10.10 and later
>         >   via face's stipple attribute: e.g., (set-face-stipple
>         >   'fringe "alpha:50%").
> Likewise for this, I think.
> Above all, we need to avoid falling into thinking with the wrong values.
> Our freedom is more important than any number of features like these.

Do you even care that your strategy hasn't been working?

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