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Re: existing work on TODO items

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: Re: existing work on TODO items
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 21:37:01 -0500

    Changes were installed for encryption in allout in some specific way,
    using packages that aren't in Emacs rather than the support that is in
    Emacs, perhaps with modifications.

Could you please be more specific?  I never knew all that much about
allout.  All I know is that it does a more powerful kind of outlining.

Oh, I see allout.el was changed to use pgg.el, which was also used by
Gnus.  Is that the change you are criticizing?

                                        Allout isn't actually documented
    and appears to duplicate the standard outline functionality except
    with the obsolete selective display method of ooutline.el.

Well, it is another outliner, so it would need to include the basic
functionality of outlines.  Are you saying that it could use
outline.el instead of duplicate it?  That would indeed be cleaner--if
it is feasible.

It would be good to make that change, after the release--if it really
results in an improvement.  Sometimes duplicating code makes
maintenance harder, and sometimes it makes maintenance easier.

allout was initially installed in 1993, which was before the old
outline.el became ooutline.el.  Thus, what happened was that we
updated outline.el to use overlays but didn't update allout.el.

It would be good to make that change, after the release.

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