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Re: Changes for emacs 28

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Changes for emacs 28
Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 17:04:25 +0300

> Cc: spacibba@aol.com, emacs-devel@gnu.org
> From: Dmitry Gutov <dgutov@yandex.ru>
> Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 01:06:31 +0300
> On 08.09.2020 17:35, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > See, that's exactly the crux of the difficulty in these matters: ask N
> > people about changing defaults to M options, and you get the number of
> > different "please do this and this, but not that" opinions almost as
> > large as the number of permutations.
> Honestly, I don't think that enabling (or not) display-line-numbers-mode 
> is going to be a big deal either way: it's easy to enable or disable, 
> and it has little far-reaching consequences otherwise.

That was only an example.

And anyway, isn't what you say above true for almost every optional
feature in Emacs?

> > So either (1) we go for the lowest common denominator of features that
> > most people agree to (which can easily be an empty set); or (2) we
> > come up with groups of optional features which are turned on and off
> > together.
> Orthogonally, we could decide on a method for changing defaults which 
> doesn't involve the impossible task of making everybody happy but still 
> makes some effort to change with the times.

If this can be done, why not?  But based on past experience, I'm
skeptical, to tell the truth.

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