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Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:42:00 +0200
> Daniele> If I understand correctly the recent discussions, one of the
> main goals
> Daniele> is to make Emacs more accessible to newcomers. In this respect,
> are we
> Daniele> sure that using the "theme" concept, associated (outside the
> Daniele> world) with customizing how applications looks, to configure the
> Daniele> application behavior is a good idea?
I couldn't agree more.
> Daniele> Reportedly, one of the things that newcomers struggle with is the
> Daniele> peculiar and unique jargon used to describe Emacs concepts. This
> Daniele> add one more. I think the concept of "mode" as something that
> Daniele> application behavior is well established and easier to explain.
> Except you then engender confusion with the Emacs concept of
Only in the sense that it is more restrictive than the Emacs concept.
For example, cua-mode, delete-selection-mode and evil-mode are Emacs
modes and also application-behavior modes. I don't think there would
be a major confusion here, as by the time users see other modes, they
would be more used to Emacs terminology.
> Perhaps we should call them 'user type profiles' or something,
> then we could call them 'new-to-emacs-profile', 'vanilla-profile', etc.
That's also fine, but it might create confusion with user profiles,
which would typically cover *all* the settings, so that different
profiles would have different init files. That actually opens another
area for investigation: we could have Emacs support such user profiles
and have the configuration screen offer a choice for a "base profile"
(some kinds of factory settings).