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Re: Add list of useful settings to setup wizard was: Re: Default custom

From: Stefan Kangas
Subject: Re: Add list of useful settings to setup wizard was: Re: Default custom file
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2022 08:39:03 -0600

LdBeth <andpuke@foxmail.com> writes:

> Sure, these are what I can think of so far that can improve the
> editing experience of a newcomer to emacs. Please feel free to make
> comment on and edit this list.

The only ones from your list I think could be relevant to a beginner are
`cua-mode' and `delete-selection-mode.

Perhaps you could include `hl-line-mode' (which I use myself), but I'm
not sure it is important enough.  Same goes for `mouse-avoidance-mode'.

I would strongly advise against including either `edt' or `autoarg-mode'
in a list of modes to recommend to a beginner.

> ** tab-bar-mode, tab-line-mode
>   Tabbar emulation.

I don't use it much.  Is it polished enough?

> ** kinsoku
>    Avoid certain characters appear at beg-of-line..

I don't understand what this does or when I would want to use it from
reading it's docstring.  Probably it should be better documented.

The name is also... confusing.

> * List of interesting editing customize variables
>   This variables are worth to have a look at. They may improve your
>   editing experience a little if the default value of the variables
>   are changed for your specific needs.
> + show-trailing-whitespace
> + track-eol
> + colon-double-space
> + tab-always-indent
> + kill-do-not-save-duplicates
> + kill-read-only-ok
> + kill-whole-line
> + require-final-newline

Sounds basically good at a glance, with some exceptions:

> + case-fold-search

I think we have commands for this, so I'd not specifically recommend new
users to fiddle with it.

> + set-mark-command-repeat-pop

I don't understand what it does and I doubt a beginner would either.

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