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Re: bad UI defaults

From: Dave Love
Subject: Re: bad UI defaults
Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2003 17:05:55 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.1003 (Gnus v5.10.3) Emacs/21.2 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

> I think it should be possible to customize this aspect of Emacs
> behavior with Custom, but customizing an alist is an inconvenient
> interface for beginners.  Perhaps there could be a special custom type
> that provides a simple way to customize what blinking looks in the
> current setup, without showing the complexity of the alist.  That
> would be simple to use.

I don't see how so, given that you just have pairs of values to
specify.  It just needs suitable :tags and types for the alist
elements, doesn't it?  The doc for `blink-cursor-alist' doesn't say
what the possible values are, so I couldn't add types.

> The same approach could be useful for other alists that beginners
> might want to customize.  So perhaps this new custom type could
> be a general feature for an alternative way to specify how to
> customize an alist.

How do you expect an interface to look?  If `alist' is a confusing
term, perhaps an explanation can be hyperlinked in the help buffer
(perhaps automagically for variable doc strings starting `Alist ...').
Won't users generally understand the concept of using the RHS of a
pair when the LHS matches the current state?

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