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Re: Very initial Emacs 21 observations

From: Robert J. Chassell
Subject: Re: Very initial Emacs 21 observations
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 07:25:55 -0500 (EST)

   >   Have you *ever* read an HTML style guide that said that
   >   the <blink> tag is good?  Most of them say that the <blink> tags are
   >   evil because they keep the user from being able to concentrate on
   >   the real content.  The blinking block cursor is no different.

   Well, yes it is different, because it's *very small*, and easily lost
   among dense text.

Small?!!  I am now running just ran the CVS snapshot for the version
from Sunday, 2000 Dec 17 11:48 GMT, started this way:

    $  /usr/local/bin/emacs -q --no-site-file

My cursor is anything but small.  It is a big block cursor that
*never* gets lost in text, whether blinking or not.  I bet you are
starting Emacs with a very narrow vertical bar type of cursor, or a
period or dot.  Where do you set that variable?  The type of cursor is
not set in an Emacs .emacs file or site file, since I have turned
those off.

I agree with Bill, the blinking block is an abomination.  

Normally, I start test versions of Emacs with the command line argument:

                -eval '(blink-cursor-mode 0)'

    Robert J. Chassell                  address@hidden
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