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bug#21129: 24.5; Behaviour and docstring of flyspell-check-previous-high


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#21129: 24.5; Behaviour and docstring of flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:40:15 +0300

> From: address@hidden (N. Jackson)
> Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:35:47 -0300
> 
> flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word (f-c-p-h-w) seems to me to have
> (at least) two bugs (see below) and has typos in (and other problems
> with) its docstring.

Indeed; thanks for pointing that out.

> 1. The docstring fails to state that, to be found, the misspelled word
> must be highlighted by Flyspell. (It might not be if Flyspell has not
> yet run over the buffer or region in question.)
> 
> 2. Some other problems/typos with the docstring are pointed out with
> carets below:
> 
>     Correct the closer misspelled word.
>                     ^^  
>     This function scans a mis-spelled word before the cursor. If it
>                        ^     ^                    ^^^^^^^^^^
>     finds one it proposes replacement for that word. With prefix arg,
>                          ^                               ^       
>     count that many misspelled words backwards.
> 
> Perhaps a better docstring might be something like:
> 
>     Correct the closest previous word that is highlighted as misspelled.
>     This function scans for a word before point that has been
>     highlighted by Flyspell as misspelled. If it finds one it proposes a
>     replacement for that word. With a prefix arg, it scans for the nth
>     misspelled word before point, for n equal to ARG.

I used this text with minor stylistic corrections, to make it use the
same style as in other doc strings.

> 3. Strangely, f-c-p-h-w uses the Ispell user interface rather than
> the Flyspell user interface. This suits me fine as I like a
> non-graphical interface, but it seems to me to be a bug. This is
> Flyspell after all, and I think one would expect the same interface as
> with, say, `M-x flyspell-correct-word-before-point'.

I did nothing about this one, as this appears a deliberate design
decision of the original author.

> 4. Contrary to the docstring, if point is immediately after the last
> character of a misspelled (and Flyspell-highlighted) word, f-c-p-h-w
> skips to the previous misspelled (and Flyspell-highlighted) word, even
> though the closest previous misspelled word was the one directly before
> point.

Fixed.

> 5. Executing f-c-p-h-w with a prefix argument does not appear to work;
> the behaviour is as if there was no prefix argument. E.g. with several
> misspelled words in the buffer before point, `C-u 3 M-x
> flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word' acts on the final one just as
> `M-x flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word' does, rather than on the
> 3rd from last one.

A simple oversight in how the function's 'interactive' form was used;
fixed.

The patch appears below, so you could try it in Emacs 24.5.

Thanks.

diff --git a/lisp/textmodes/flyspell.el b/lisp/textmodes/flyspell.el
index a5dff07..2329f29 100644
--- a/lisp/textmodes/flyspell.el
+++ b/lisp/textmodes/flyspell.el
@@ -1827,11 +1827,12 @@ (make-variable-buffer-local 'flyspell-auto-correct-word)
 ;;*    flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word ...                     */
 ;;*---------------------------------------------------------------------*/
 (defun flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word (&optional arg)
-  "Correct the closer misspelled word.
-This function scans a mis-spelled word before the cursor. If it finds one
-it proposes replacement for that word. With prefix arg, count that many
-misspelled words backwards."
-  (interactive)
+  "Correct the closest previous word that is highlighted as misspelled.
+This function scans for a word which starts before point that has been
+highlighted by Flyspell as misspelled.  If it finds one, it proposes
+a replacement for that word.  With prefix arg N, check the Nth word
+before point that's highlighted as misspelled."
+  (interactive "P")
   (let ((pos1 (point))
        (pos  (point))
        (arg  (if (or (not (numberp arg)) (< arg 1)) 1 arg))
@@ -1842,7 +1843,7 @@ (defun flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word 
(&optional arg)
            (setq pos1 pos)
            (if (> pos (point-min))
                (progn
-                 (setq ovs (overlays-at (1- pos)))
+                 (setq ovs (overlays-at pos))
                  (while (consp ovs)
                    (setq ov (car ovs))
                    (setq ovs (cdr ovs))





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