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Re: Visit New File menu item

From: Angelo Graziosi
Subject: Re: Visit New File menu item
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:37:42 +0100
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Eli Zaretskii wrote:
Also, such changes should be discussed more thoroughly, waiting for
interested parties to chime in.  E.g., one problem with "New File" is
that we don't actually enforce the "new" part -- you can visit an
existing file via that menu item.  Not sure how important this nit is,
but OTOH that single word "Visit" is also hardly so very important
that we should rush making the change overnight.

Well said!

My opinion is that "New File" is wrong if linked to the sequence "C-x C-f".

Usually, I use "C-x C-f" both for loading ("visiting") an existing file in Emacs both to create a new file (not existing!).

Notice that other applications which have "New File" mean really a *new* (i.e. creating) file. Usually they have "C-N" for "New File" and "C-O" for "Open File". So using "New File" in Emacs seems misleading, unless you use a different key sequence for New/Open File.

Really I would remove the "Open File" item and would leave "Visit File" (without New), with the obvious key sequence "C-x C-f".

Why don't you like "Visit"? Why you want to follow others giving up the original tradition of Emacs?

Anyway this is only my opinion.


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