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Re: Changes for emacs 28

From: Gregory Heytings
Subject: Re: Changes for emacs 28
Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:22:40 +0000
User-agent: Alpine 2.22 (NEB 394 2020-01-19)

Instead of discussing new, radical defaults (which I don't think are going to go anywhere, because annoying older users isn't nice), we could just put a button on the opening splash page saying

    Current theme: Classic.  Click HERE to get the super-cool rad one.

And then the HERE could enable whatever the kids these days want, and it could be ALL the mod cons.

Would it not be better to have a "guided tour" (something like C-h t, but shorter and more "modern") for first-time users (those without a .emacs / .emacs.d)? This is quite common in "modern" software, so it would not surprise anyone.

During that "guided tour" the user could select a number of options, e.g. cua-mode, evil-mode, which-key, hl-line, show-paren-mode, a theme (customize-themes is there since Emacs 24, with a number builtin themes, currently sixteen), and these options would be written in their .emacs file.

(In fact, it would perhaps make sense to create a few guided tours, with an initial question "Are you a programmer? a scientist? a teacher? a writer?" with which the set of options could be narrowed.)

With this it would be unnecessary to change any of the defaults, yet newcomers would quickly be able to tailor some aspects of Emacs to their needs.

A side-effect is that the discussions here would perhaps be less passionated. "Should feature X be offered as an option to first-time users?" may lead to more serene discussions than "Should feature X become a default in future Emacs versions?"

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