>>>> "David" == David Kastrup
Basically it seems like a waste of time to recreate the AUCTeX
build process when one can just let the build process run and check
the results in. In that manner, supporting AUCTeX is not a bit
more complicated than supporting any Lisp-only package.
I am not sure that it is that simple, but anyhow.
We don't want features that are in a state of stasis or bit rot
because of the complexity from XEmacs compatibility. The LaTeX toolbar
is in that state, and that's mostly my fault because I asked its author
for it. The multibyte and error parsing support for preview-latex is
close. The compatibility stuff for font lock code is complicating
things, and still font lock does not work satisfactorily: XEmacs is
unusable on large files and much less accurate.
Well as far as I can remember I tried that out, and it never worked out
for Xemacs, at some point its autor told me he would come back, in any
case that is not a real problem, it is just a case where some
functionality is not working.
I am considering dropping Emacs 21 compatibility soon because the
Emacs 22 provisions are just a better environment for development.
XEmacs has not even left the Emacs 20.4 (or so) era consistently.
XEmacs compatibility is crippling AUCTeX development for all of its
users. And the XEmacs user base is just too small to warrant that.
If those that actually use XEmacs are not willing or able to get
the stuff to run on XEmacs, because XEmacs is too different or
broken or most likely because nobody really cares enough, then
that's just that.
I'd rather have AUCTeX go forward Emacs-only than not at all.
All I am asking you, it not to remove XEmacs compatibility. It would be
a nightmare that one day I try to open a latex file with the latest
auctex version and I obtain an error message because some functions are
not defined. Couldn't you just do the following:
- all new features you add in are GNU Emacs tested only so they
might work under XEmacs or not (and if some XEmacs hacker wants
to implement it great).
- but still even a "crippled" version would work under XEmacs?
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