[Bug: 21.5-b28] why fold an 80-char line in an 80-col window?
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Mon Feb 25 18:17:32 EST 2008
Anders J. Munch writes:
> Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> > I've always wanted to fix this. Anybody know of reasons why not?
> > Guido van Rossum writes:
> > > (*) When is Emacs going to fix the bug where it decides to fold a line
> > > that's exactly as wide as the window? This 79 business is really
> > > silly, and had to impose on people using other editors.
> When at the end of an 80-character line in an 80-column window, where
> do you paint a block cursor?
Good question, thanks! I can think of at least three different ways to
handle this, though:
1. Don't paint a block cursor, do something else.
2. Always scroll the line to the left as in truncate-lines mode.
3. Treat it the same way as you would actually inserting a space
there (ie, left-scroll in truncate-lines mode, wrap otherwise).
> I wonder how much CPython development takes place on actual physical
> 80-column terminals. On anything else you just resize the window to
> show 81 columns.
I don't wonder about such things. The user is almost always right
about the needs he perceives. How the developer interprets those
needs in a software solution is different matter, of course.
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