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RE: Menu item for delete-selection-mode (was: DEL key doesn't kill mouse

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: Menu item for delete-selection-mode (was: DEL key doesn't kill mouse-dragged region)
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 19:34:43 -0800

    transient-mark-mode is currently disabled by default, and has a menu
    item to easily enable it.  delete-selection-mode is disabled too, but
    has no menu item to enable it.  What about adding it to the Option
    menu?  delete-selection-mode is no less useful than transient-mark-mode,
    especially for beginners.

    The menu item for transient-mark-mode is named "Active Region
    What would be a good menu name for delete-selection-mode?

1. "Active Region Highlighting" would be clearer as simply "Highlight
Selection" or "Highlight Active Selection". It is generally better to use
verb phrases for menu items, and that is especially helpful for toggles,
IMO. There is currently a mixture of verb phrases (e.g. "Enter Debugger on
Error") and noun phrases (e.g. "Active Region Highlighting").

Using verb phrases for all Options menu items would mean changing:

 - "Syntax Highlighting" to "Highlight Syntactically" or "Highlight Syntax"

 - "Paren Match Highlighting" to "Highlight Matching Parentheses" or
"Highlight Parentheses"

 - "Word Wrap in Text Modes" to "Wrap Words in Text Modes"

 - "Case-Insensitive Search" to "Search Case Insensitively" or (if toggle
were flipped) "Search Case Sensitively"

 - "C-x/C-c/C-v Cut and Paste (CUA)" to "Use C-x, C-c, C-v to Cut, Copy,

 - "Automatic File De/compression" to "(De)Compress Files Automatically"

 - "Blinking Cursor" to "Let Cursor Blink" or "Blink Cursor"

The submenus correctly use verb phrases already, for the most part.

2. "Type Over Selection", "Overwrite Selection", or "Overwrite Active
Selection" might be OK for delete-selection-mode.

3. If we generally use "region" in menus instead of "selection", then the
above would become "Highlight Active Region" and "Overwrite Active Region"
(or "Highlight Region" and "Overwrite Region").

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