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Re: Make mode-line number display consistent when both line and col numb

From: Robert Weiner
Subject: Re: Make mode-line number display consistent when both line and col numbers are shown.
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:14:27 -0400

On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 4:25 AM, Jose Arroyo <address@hidden> wrote:
As an Emacs user that constantly forgets which is which, I love this proposal.

​Right, when you are thinking about many other issues and manipulating
things in Emacs, you don't want to have to remember if line numbers
precede column numbers or vice versa.​

On 29 Sep 2017 9:03 am, "Colin Baxter" <address@hidden> wrote:
I do not like this proposal.

There are many things about emacs to remember. Surely, a single
depression of an arrow key is sufficient to remind the forgetful.

I disagree, that is a weak argument. There is no cost for this change. Just be consistent with how these numbers are displayed by themselves.

​Yes, the consistency alone argues for this.  I recommended the parentheses disappear because they are not
used when only L or C is shown.  But if many tuple lovers chime in, they could easily stay and consistency
would be only a bit lower.

    > simple, simply remove the parentheses which are no longer needed
    > and add the prefix character to each number for:
    > L<line-num>,C<col-num>. This makes the display perfectly
    > consistent, easier to read and does not take up any more character
    > space.

With respect, that is a matter of opinion. I find the parenthesis useful
delimiters on the mode-line.

​Then maybe you need them for just the L or C modes alone?
Besides, they are present for features
other than line-column numbers.

​If you are referring to another location in the mode-line then that wouldn't be very relevant compared
to the internal consistency of this one feature.​​​

If it is a matter of opinion, I wanted to take the time to show my support for this patch. At the very least I'd like to be able to toggle it.

Thanks for the proposal,

​You are welcome.  Thanks all for the feedback.


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