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Re: mgp.el

From: Christian Egli
Subject: Re: mgp.el
Date: 03 Jul 2002 22:45:43 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2

"Stefan Monnier" <monnier+gnu/address@hidden> writes:

> > 2. Rename our version before putting it into Emacs. This might require
> >    a rerun of the paper signing process. Possible names are
> >    magicpoint.el or magicpoint-mode.el (mgp.el and mgp-mode.el are
> >    taken as they are shipped in the contrib directory of the
> >    magicpoint sources).
> There's no need to re-sign any paper.  As for the name, I'd
> lean towards mgp-mode.el but only if you are confident that the
> missing features from the existing mgp-mode.el will be added
> soon 

As far as I can tell the only two missing features that are only in
the existing mgp-mode.el are:

1. C-u C-c C-c calculates the current page and passes it to magicpoint
   so that the presentation starts with the current page.

   This shouldn't be very hard to add. If I take code from the
   original we need papers from the original author Hirotsugu

2. The existing mgp-mode.el has some key-bindings that let you insert
   directives directly e.g. C-c C-p inserts "%page". 

   IMHO this can be done easier with tempo if there is a demand for
   this feature.

> and you are confident that this old mgp-mode.el will not be
> developed further.

I was in contact with the original developer. It sounded like he was
using Emacs 20.7 and his original version quite happily without doing
any development on it.

> Have you gotten in touch with the author/maintainer of the old
> mgp-mode.el ?  What does (s)he think ?

I had asked him if I could reuse parts of his code and he encouraged me
to to do so. At least that's how I read his mail :-)

For the record here's the mail that I got from the maintainer:

Hirotsugu Kakugawa <address@hidden> writes:

> Dear Christian,
> Thank you for your message.
> I'm using mgp-mode.el with Emacs 20.7, 
> but I have not tested it with Emacs 21. It may be outdated.
> My mgp-model.el is distributed under the terms of GPL.
> So you can freely modify it without permission.
> I am looking forward to improved mgp-mode.el!
> Cheers,
> Hirotsugu Kakugawa

Christian Egli
wyona: research & development

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