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Re: documentation vs. customize (Re: <backspace> and DEL)

From: Per Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: documentation vs. customize (Re: <backspace> and DEL)
Date: 24 Jan 2001 14:31:37 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090001 (Oort Gnus v0.01) Emacs/20.7

Karl Eichwalder <address@hidden> writes:

> "Stefan Monnier" <monnier+gnu/address@hidden> writes:
> > I generally don't like custom too much, but I think that it does a pretty
> > good job of presenting the various variables available.
> Maybe it's only me but to me it just looks confusing (okay, after
> several tries I get somehow used to it...). 

For browsing, I suggest `cusomize-browse'.  I find the other interface
pretty much unusable. 

> Interesting.  I'd like it more the other way around: A list of variables
> and a function to lookup the documentation in the manual; maybe, such a
> function is already available.

defcustom allows you to specify links to the manual.

> Please note, custom doesn't solve the problem to have the same
> configuration at different sites.  .emacs you can copy from one host to
> the other; you're not allowed to do the same with 'custom-file'.
> Actually, introducing custom broke the possibility to share .emacs as
> long as you don't set 'custom-file'!

That is why we need theme support.

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