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Re: visual line mode

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: visual line mode
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:49:41 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

>> What fringe indicators?  You mean, if visual-line-fringe-indicators
>> are customized?
> Why does visual-line-mode turn off fringe indicators by default?

Good, question, I can't remember the answer, tho.
I can guess at a few possibilities:
- "knee-jerk" reaction along the lines of "so you want word wrapping
  like the other crap editors?  well, I'll give you just that, then".
  I don't think we were so thoughtless, but there might have been
  the reasoning that "since other word-wrapping editors don't show
  indicators, it should be OK if we do the same".
- if you have "one logical line per paragraph", then your fringes would
  be pretty much full of indicators everywhere, except at paragraph
  boundaries, which ends up being neither pretty nor convenient.

For the "most lines are long" case mentioned in point 2, a better
approach would be to put a fringe indicator only at
paragraph boundaries.


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