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bug#30978: 25.3; Suggestion: define-minor-mode should define mode-lighte

From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#30978: 25.3; Suggestion: define-minor-mode should define mode-lighter variable
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:40:36 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Howard Melman <address@hidden> writes:

> Some packages define a user option to let users configure
> the lighter string used in the mode-line, but some just use
> a hard coded string. Packages such as diminish, delight and
> dim exist to help customize these.
> The define-minor-mode macro creates keymaps and other things
> to help mode authors follow conventions. If it created a
> mode-lighter user option when passed in a string (and not a
> symbol) then users would have an easier time configuring
> their mode-line without having to find and install a package
> to do so.

I think this makes sense -- define-minor-mode would define a
buffer-local variable, I guess, that the users could set to change the

Like...  `FOO-mode-lighter' or something?  Any opinions?

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