[OS X Emacs] cursor visibility in Aquamacs 2.3

Iliya Lefterov iliya.lefterov at gmail.com
Mon Aug 1 15:19:02 EDT 2011

Hi David,

the cursor -- Outstanding!



On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM, David Reitter <david.reitter at gmail.com>wrote:

> How do users feel about the rendering of the bar cursor in Aquamacs 2.3?
> It used to be shown on top of the letters (glyphs), now it gives priority
> to the letters by staying behind them.  (See the message below.)
> Richard, the quick answer is that you can always undo the change locally
> (look it up in the Git changelog, then "git revert" and recompile).
> You could even implement a simple way of configuring it using a lisp
> variable. This takes some Emacs C programming skills (copy&paste, mostly).
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> On Aug 1, 2011, at 1:41 PM, Richard Mavis wrote:
> > Hey David. Thanks for the reply. I'm not trying to stress that this is a
> major issue, because it's really very minor and superficial. But I've very
> recently compiled a list of my favorite features in a text editor and a
> clearly visible cursor was high on that list -- thanks to Aquamacs, which
> was my first experience with a cursor that was not a one-pixel wide blinking
> annoyance. Compared, the wider steady red cursor feels like a superhero.
> >
> > Anyway, I don't think I've changed my fonts or colors from the default,
> so it's black Monaco at 11pt on white. The current line highlight is the
> default green, the cursor of course red. The cursor only becomes more
> difficult to see when it is in front of a letter with an ascender or
> descender or a capital, like a b or a p or an M. Being red on green, it
> isn't too difficult to locate, but, say, against an M, it only stands out by
> a couple pixels on top and bottom. The text visibility is not greatly
> increased, since the cursor and up-stoke of the M are the same widths, and
> the majority of the cursor now hides behind the letter and its visibility is
> greatly decreased. Maybe it's just me but the slightly reduced text
> visibility seems worth the greater cursor visibility.
> >
> > Of course at larger sizes this isn't as much of an issue.
> >
> > And I still think Aquamacs is the best editor available on the Mac --
> which might make it the best editor on the planet -- but if it's possible to
> revert this particular change, I would really appreciate it.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Richard Mavis
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Iliya Lefterov, MD, PhD,
University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, PA

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