[OS X Emacs] Incremental search in Aquamacs 1.4

Richard Vile hashiru at chartermi.net
Sat Aug 30 09:30:48 EDT 2008

I agree. And while we're on this topic of Mac-like behavior and  
gradual migration to same in Aquamacs, let me make a small plea.

I use both TextMate and Aquamacs. Textmate has a behavior that Allan  
Odgaard swears is the Mac convention and to me it's just plain wrong  
and annoying as the devil:

By default, if you move your view in the text window, the cursor  
doesn't follow. So if you press home to move the view to the top of  
the file, the cursor stays where it is. In order to move both the view  
and the cursor, you must use cmd-uparrow. This is so massively  
counterintuitive that I often start typing thinking that my cursor is  
now at the beginning of the file. Perhaps 1 out of 10 or more times,  
this behavior is nice in that you can examine other parts of the file  
before editing the part where your cursor is, but I find that to be  
the exception rather than the rule.

This behavior is carried over inconsistently. The pagedown key moves  
the view down a page without moving the  cursor. To make the cursor  
follow the move, you have to use cntl-pagedown (cmd-pagedown has no  

This is baffling, confusing, insane and IMHO just plain flat out  
wrong. (Note: Windows editors get this right. As also they get the  
home and end keys "right" - i.e. the Windows conventions are better  
and far more useful. But don't get me started ;-)

So, in summary my plea is: David please don't change the Aquamacs  
navigation conventions to be like TextMate!

On Aug 30, 2008, at 9:08 AM, José Miguel Figueroa-O'Farrill wrote:

> On 30 Aug 2008, at 15:00, David Reitter wrote:
>> And you can start typing right away: it just replaces the region.
> This behaviour is VERY dangerous.  Perhaps it's Mac-like, but I  
> think there should be a clear op-out for new users.  I have disbled  
> cua-mode in my .emacs for as long as that mode has been introduced.   
> I believe in GNU emacs this mode is disabled by default.
> Cheers, José
> Prof José Figueroa-O'Farrill
> School of Mathematics
> University of Edinburgh
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