help-gnu-emacs
[Top][All Lists]
Advanced

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: Coding Convections - Enabling a feature by loading a file


From: Peter S Galbraith
Subject: Re: Coding Convections - Enabling a feature by loading a file
Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 20:58:48 -0400

Lute Kamstra <address@hidden> wrote:

> Peter S Galbraith <address@hidden> writes:
> 
> [...]
> 
> > But what is the rationale behind the loading of a package having no
> > visisble effect?  If the only purpose of a package is to enable a
> > feature (say changing the cursor to a bar), why ask users to do:
> >
> >      (require 'bar-cursor)
> >      (bar-cursor-mode 1)
> >
> > instead of only:
> >
> >      (require 'bar-cursor)
> >
> > ?
> >
> > I am perfect happy for packages to install themselves correctly once
> > loaded without having to go through more hoops.
> 
> I'm not familiar with bar-cursor.el, but in general a library can
> implement more than one feature.  In such a case, it is usually not
> obvious which feature to turn on.  It is best to turn nothing on
> automatically and let the user choose which of the features to use by
> explicitly turning them on.  Even if a library contains only one
> feature now, features might be added in future versions.  Such changes
> won't surprise the user if nothing is turned on upon loading the
> library.
> 
> Furthermore, some other library could (require 'bar-cursor) to use
> some function that is defined in bar-cursor.el.  In such a case, you
> usually do not want bar-cursor-mode to be turned on.
> 
> Lute.

Yeah, those are good reasons.  You guys have convinced me that the added
steps are worth it in the long run.

Thanks for your comments,

Peter




reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]