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bug#6390: Should not regexp-quote quote newline?

Subject: bug#6390: Should not regexp-quote quote newline?
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 16:09:13 -0400

On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 12:43 AM, Lennart Borgman
<address@hidden> wrote:
>> Sure. I object on the grounds that what you propose is madness.
> I can see no objection at all. What is it?

You've confirmed my suspicion ;)

The objection is that what you propose is madness, i.e lunacy!

It is absolutely NTRT to interpolate any such chars routed through the
elisp printer simply b/c you disagree with how an ASCII standard
character has been historically (mis)interpreted. Its the _users_
prerogative to dictate her intention here; it certainly isn't yours,
or Microsofts', or Emacs'.

IMHO it would be _insane_ to replace "\f" linefeed with "\t"

Evaluate these to see why:

   (insert-char 12 1)
   (describe-char (1- (point))))

   (insert-char 9 1)
   (describe-char (1- (point))))

Among other things, you may notice the inserted glyph `^L' which is used
throughout Emacs as the default value for indication of page boundaries.
e.g. `page-delimiter' and her buddy `forward-page'...

Not only are you asking to have the form-feed value replaced with an entirely
different _non-visible_ character but you are asking to fundamentally alter the
semantics from:
 "Occurences of this character indicate vertical movement of the
print-head at EOL"
 "Occurences of this character indicate tabbed horizontal movement at EOL"

Blech! Why would you want to do something so silly?

Check out this history of the form-feed and (one of) its early
intended applications:

:SEE (URL `http://www.rfc-editor.org/EOLstory.txt')

:SEE-ALSO (URL `http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linefeed')

P.S. I've taken on faith that you aren't instead suggesting to replace
"\f" with the line tabulation char `^K' ASCII 11 e.g. (insert 11)
Which would make only slightly more sense than the folly you've proposed.


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