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Re: Some developement questions

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Some developement questions
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2018 11:19:36 +0300

> From: hw <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2018 03:31:18 +0200
> >> (setq Man-width 75)
> >
> > Emacs nowadays calculates the width dynamically, depending on the
> > dimensions of the window.
> Why not make Emacs dynamically size it's windows to the width of the
> display first? ;~O
> <Rant>
> Yes, Emacs can do that since a while, and has made it an extremely
> annoying default.  Who wants to read manual pages or other text when it
> has been formatted to be about 140--300 characters per line wide (and
> way more than that if my eyes were what they used to be)?
> [...]
> This is a good example for a default that really should be changed.

Feel free to file a bug report about it.

> Think of what Ergus pointed out in his last post[1] about the
> difficulties users and Emacs are experiencing:
> + find out about Emacs
> + install Emacs
> + find out about package manager of Emacs
> + configure package manager, add repos
> + somehow get an idea of what packages to install
> + get into dependency hell and alternatives hell
> + get into documentation hell because it's hard to tell which
>   documentation is up to date
> + get nothing to work

I agree that practical steps towards helping new users is something
that are very welcome.

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