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Re: Spaces rather than tabs by a major mode hook

From: goncholden
Subject: Re: Spaces rather than tabs by a major mode hook
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 06:18:17 +0000

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On Monday, June 13th, 2022 at 10:42 AM, Jean Louis <> wrote:

> * goncholden [2022-06-12 23:41]:
> > Disabling automatic indentation completely must be a single command
> > operation, with Emacs tracking what electric indentation
> > functionality is enabled automatically, and disable them without
> > putting such burdens on the user. Emacs has ended up with an
> > artificial intelligence machine that takes control away from the
> > human being, if our intelligence cannot figure out a quick and
> > direct way to turn off its plug.
> I guess it is rather helpful to many users. But that is just a
> guess. For sure I personally prefer many automatic indentations, and
> that is one of main reasons why I prefer Emacs as editor.
> For example, I like that I simply press RET and get in the next line
> of this paragraph. It helps me many times when formatting list
> items. The way I like it.

I like it too but then I started playing with some legacy fortran code, which 
necessitated different rules.

> There are many options in Emacs, and to find the one with indentation
> is really difficult. I do not think that you would easily find it out
> without asking on mailing list.

It took me about a week to figure out that the tab on the previous line that 
was being modified when pressing return was due to electric-indent.

> That option to turn it off exists, that means you are still in charge.

Right.  Po Lu has been helping me.

> And after using Emacs a lot, when I get into other editor, I feel the
> same, those editors are taking control over my habits or lack of
> habits. All those are subjective perceptions, in other words,
> illusions.

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> Jean
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