[OS X Emacs] Incremental search in Aquamacs 1.4

David Reitter david.reitter at gmail.com
Sun Aug 31 18:26:49 EDT 2008

The behavior you describe is indeed a system-wide convention.  There  
have been discussions on this on emacs-devel.

I believe it is largely annoying when using the keyboard only (i.e.,  
the PgUp/PgDown mapping), but it is a useful feature when you make use  
of the mouse (a default assumption on the Mac).  Unlike the Emacs way  
of doing things, it does not require you to know a mechanism to store  
the current cursor position, such as the Mark ring or the relatively  
long bindings for bookmarks.

There are currently no concrete plans to change the behavior in  
Aquamacs (and it would be technically challenging), but if and when we  
do, there will be a simple switch to go back to the old mode.

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On 30 Aug 2008, at 09:30, Richard Vile wrote:

> 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  
> effect!)
> 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
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