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Re: Patch to remove minor modes in tutorial

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Patch to remove minor modes in tutorial
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 13:57:56 -0400

    Suppose you get a .emacs from someone, which changes some key bindings.

It is a bad thing to start off a new user with a .emacs file that
changes key bindings.  Regardless of what documentation the user
learns from, it will be wrong; but it's worse than that.  Users should
decide for themselves whether to change key bindings.

    Maybe it be better to simply issue a warning at the start of the
    tutorial if "affecting" minor modes are enabled -- something like

      NOTE:  This instance of Emacs has local customizations which may
      cause some instructions in the tutorial to fail.  If that happens,
      review the local customizations in the file ~/.emacs.

You have convinced me.

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