Should pending-del be enabled by default?
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Mon Nov 15 00:43:15 EST 2004
>>>>> "Malcolm" == Malcolm Purvis <malcolmp at xemacs.org> writes:
Malcolm> Since we're all in violent agreement for enabling it
Malcolm> under Windows, the question really is what's the value
Malcolm> for enabling it under Xt?
None. The question is should it be enabled on platforms where Xt is
the default, and that should be decided platform-by-platform. I use
Xt on Mac OS X, and it's annoying not to have pending-del there when
most everything else is Aqua, and even Firefox and Netscape have
pending-del on by default.
So the question is going to be Linux and the *BSDs, and there I think
the favor-the-newbie rule applies, and says "pending-del on by
default". I'm willing to hear evidence to the contrary, but even for
someone who lives in XEmacs, and browses the web with lynx in an
xterm, I think we should try to detect that, rather than screw all the
users who are coming from Windows or Macs to Linux and BSD. I suspect
detecting that is hard; those people probably all run Gnumeric with
pending-del customized OFF, so we'll have to learn to parse GConf
config files to figure it out ;-).
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