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ding - too often (OS X and in general)

From: David Reitter
Subject: ding - too often (OS X and in general)
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 08:41:53 +0100

Why does Emacs ring the bell upon user-initiated abort actions?
For example, when I press cancel in the file dialog that pops up when a user selects find-file on OS X from the menu, it gives me a (ding), and as a user I wonder what went wrong, why did an error occur? I just canceled a find-file - no error in sight!

Similarly, whenever something like keyboard-escape-quit is executed, I get a (ding). But that's totally useless and annoying, because I initiated the abort action in the first place, so I don't need to be alerted that the operation (often just some interaction in a minibuffer) was terminated.

Of course, I can easily turn of the bell completely. But that would keep me from getting a (ding) when it's really needed - if there is an error situation that is simple enough to signal it this way.

The Emacs manual states: "Be conservative about how often you do this; frequent bells can become irritating.".
The manual is right.

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