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Re: Tabulated list recenter issue

From: Ian Dunn
Subject: Re: Tabulated list recenter issue
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:02:02 -0400
User-agent: mu4e 0.9.19; emacs 26.0.50

Eli Zaretskii writes:

>> From: Ian Dunn <address@hidden>
>> Cc: Clément Pit-Claudel <address@hidden>,
>>  address@hidden
>> Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:10:33 -0400
>> 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.
> IME, after enough years have passed over a certain behavior, we have
> no good ways of predicting whether someone or something out there
> depend on it.  In our "arrogance" (pardon my French) we tried from
> time to time to pretend that we do know, and changed the long-standing
> behavior in backward-incompatible ways, only to discover later that
> someone got hurt or that subtle hard-to-solve bugs emerged.
> In general, I think it makes sense, in such a veteran package, to
> always leave a "fire escape" for those who must have the old behavior,
> as a matter of principle.  We should realize that we can no longer
> change Emacs in arbitrary incompatible ways, not after 30-odd years of
> history and many veteran users who have certain habits burnt into
> their muscle memory.  We should make this part of our development
> practice.
> Thanks.

Having been on the receiving end of such changes, I wholeheartedly agree.

Ian Dunn

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