As a mode developer how can I set default font-lock level lower than
maximal (aka t)?
For example, assume you are developing X-mode and some users would like
to have functions + numbers + other stuff highlighted, but you don't
want to activate those by default. So you can add font-lock keyword
levels (2, 3, 4 etc) to accommodate this preference, but want to set the
default to 2.
What is the emacs recommendation for how to cleanly achieve this without
interfering with user level font-lock-maximum-decoration?
It looks to me that emacs should set font-lock-maximum-decoration to a
number instead to `t' by default. Then mode developers can easily decide
what font-lock to activate by default by setting appropriate keywords up
to that level only, and everything else on a higher level.