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Re: Default value of next-error-highlight is too small

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Default value of next-error-highlight is too small
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 21:54:38 +0300

> From: "Drew Adams" <address@hidden>
> Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 09:11:21 -0700
>     > Would you object if it were 2 seconds?
>     Yes.
>     > If so, why?
>     Because the overlay stays put for a prolonged time and distracts my
>     attention.
> So customize it to a shorter time or eliminate it altogether in your setup.
> That's what customization is for.

This goes both ways: you could customize it in your setup, instead of
suggesting to change the defaults.  Please let this discussion be

> I've mentioned more than once that the 0.1 second period means that the
> highlighting is not even noticeable on my system (Windows XP). Invisible.
> Nothing. Imperceptible. I didn't even know that this highlighting was
> available to customize.

I don't know why; I have an XP system as well, as the highlighting is
clearly perceptible.  Does that happen for you with "emacs -Q" as

> If the default highlighting is imperceptible, then users will not know about
> it to increase the period length (to actually use the highlighting
> feature!).

I agree, but let's first establish how many users have the same
problem as you do.  I'd imagine at least the person who introduced the
default value for this variable did see the highlighting.

How about asking on emacs-devel about user experience?

> IMO, the default should be t, but multiple seconds would be an acceptable
> default also.

Yes, you already said this.  No need to repeat.

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