Uwe Brauer writes:
So the question arise, can't 21.4 not have a xemacs21.5-compat
pkg which contains all the new lisp functions, which could work
Sure, but since our focus is on developing 21.5, which already has
those functions and will be getting more as we synch to Emacs, we
will not write and maintain it. Somebody else will have to do that.
Besides, there already is an effort to maintain and extend the XEmacs
21.4 code base. That's the SXEmacs project. I don't think it's a
good idea for us to duplicate it.
As for x-symbol, you're the closest thing to an expert on that package
that we have. If you want to actually work on making it compatible
with 21.5, I'm willing to help, but I doubt that it would be less
effort for me to study, understand, and modify that code than it would
be for you.
In general, you've been clinging to your 21.4 environment for over
five years now. There's nothing wrong with that by itself; even Steve
Baur preferred 21.1 to 21.4 for about five years after the release of
21.4. But you can't have both modern features and an obsolete
environment. At some point you're going to have to invest in a change
if you want to add modern applications to your environment. You have
to move to 21.5, SXEmacs, or GNU, or you'll have to do the work to
upgrade 21.4 to include the new features needed to support the
applications you want. But development of the Emacsen has moved on.
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