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bug#27847: 26.0.50; mode-line-percent-position: line-based instead of ch

From: Dani Moncayo
Subject: bug#27847: 26.0.50; mode-line-percent-position: line-based instead of char-based (optionally)
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:08:18 +0200

Severity: wishlist


AFAIK, the percentage(s) shown in the modeline by the variable
"mode-line-percent-position" are all character-based, i.e., the
percentage(s) is (are) computed based on the number of _characters_
before a certain visible character (first visible, last visible, first
in middle line, ...)

I'd prefer this (those) percentage(s) to be based on the number of
_lines_ instead, because that would give me the information I really
want to see: the relative _vertical_ position of the window/viewport
wrt the whole buffer (i.e., the kind of information that a graphical
vertical scrollbar provides visually).

So I'd like I could set some variable for switching to this way of
computing the modeline percentage(s).  I think that many users would
like it.


Dani Moncayo

In GNU Emacs 26.0.50 (build 1, x86_64-unknown-cygwin)
 of 2017-07-24 built on ZVDES404
Repository revision: 6dc5d45c542a6f9cfbcf3e37d597c9e0efb3070d
Windowing system distributor 'Microsoft Corp.', version 6.3.9600

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