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Re: Tabulated list recenter issue

From: Ian Dunn
Subject: Re: Tabulated list recenter issue
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:10:33 -0400
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Eli Zaretskii writes:

> Btw, in addition to what I proposed, I'm also okay with changing the
> default behavior globally, as long as there's an option to get the old
> behavior back.  The current behavior exists for the last 6 years, so
> if we change it, there should be a way to get it back if someone wants
> or needs that.

If there are people that like the current behavior (obviously you're one
of them), then I agree that my proposed changes should only be optional.

My problem with the current behavior is that when sorting networks in
ENWC, it appears as if many of them disappear when reversing the sort.
It might be obvious that they didn't vanish, but I think of it similar
to narrowing; even though it's relatively easy to notice and reverse, it
may confuse new users.

It makes sense to me to use a local variable set by the inheriting mode
of tabulated-list-mode, similar to tabulated-list-printer or
tabulated-list-format.  That way, uses like ENWC with few expected
entries can use the new behavior that works better for fewer entries,
and uses like the Package List can retain the old behavior if desired.

Ian Dunn

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