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Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support

From: David Masterson
Subject: Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support
Date: 11 Oct 2001 13:30:25 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.0808 (Gnus v5.8.8) Emacs/20.7

>>>>> Stefan Monnier writes:

> Based on the thread, I'd expect that there is no such thing as an
> "intended semantics", and it's completely ad-hoc instead.  In such a
> case, I'm not sure it's worth it for Emacs to do much better than
> provide a "shortcut-mode" for *.lnk files which either automatically
> redirects the find-file to the target of the shortcut or just
> displays the shortcut's content in a convenient way.

Which was my suggestion.  However, Eli asked a good followup
concerning write-region as an example -- namely, if you write-region
to a shortcut file, what should the "intended semantics" be?

Defining the "intended semantics" such that they could be handled at
the Lisp level (as in my suggestion) would mean that anyone could
write a package to handle the semantics (and maybe different packages
do different things).  On the other hand, defining them such that they
must be done at the C-level means that the Emacs maintainers will have
to support it going forward.

David Masterson                dmaster AT synopsys DOT com
Sr. R&D Engineer               Synopsys, Inc.
Software Engineering           Sunnyvale, CA

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