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RE: [External] : Re: POLL: make C-x o transient

From: Gregory Heytings
Subject: RE: [External] : Re: POLL: make C-x o transient
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2021 01:06:10 +0000

Why is it important to save one keystroke, just to initiate repetition?

What's important is to be able to repeat using a simple, single keystroke. But to initiate repetition it's not important to use a single keystroke (IMO).

As I already said twice, it is important because otherwise you cannot change the prefix argument between two repetitions, which is a very useful (i[f] not necessary) feature for a repeat command.

Indeed, as you admit, that's _not_ a necessary feature for a repeatable command.

That's not what I said. Of course it's not a logical necessity, but not having that feature stops users from using the "repeat" command at its full power.

The _much_ more common use case for a repeatable command is to be able to use the same prefix arg for each repetition - i.e., pass the prefix arg at the beginning.


Replacing `C-x z' by `C-=' -- or by any other single key -- gains nothing (AFAICS).

I understand that you believe that having the possibility to change the argument between two repetitions is useless. But it is in essence what the OP asked: he wanted both other-window _and_ other-window-backward, not just a repeatable other-window. Other examples given in this thread were similar, and IMO show that it would be a very useful feature.

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