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describe-face: Wrong type argument: symbolp, (:slant oblique)

From: Stephen Berman
Subject: describe-face: Wrong type argument: symbolp, (:slant oblique)
Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 00:59:57 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

In GNU Emacs (i686-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.12.0) of
2008-05-25 on escher

1. emacs -q
2. Put the cursor on any of the characters in the phrase "ABSOLUTELY NO
WARRANTY" in the splash screen.
3. Type C-u C-x =
4. In the resulting *Help* buffer click on the link labelled
"(variable-pitch (:slant oblique))"
=> Emacs beeps and throws the error in the Subject line.

This happens at line 1307 in faces.el, which is this sexp:

(insert "Face: " (symbol-name f))

when `f' gets the value `(:slant oblique)', which it does because the
list '(variable-pitch (:slant oblique)) is the value of 'face in the
plist of the character at point (as shown by text-properties-at).  I
don't know what the best fix is.

(In earlier versions of Emacs, including CVS trunk of 2007-08-24, this
value was '(variable-pitch :slant oblique), and doing the above steps
does not raise an error, but the resulting *Help* buffer contains these
dubious lines:

Face: :slant   undefined face.
Face: oblique   undefined face.

But in this version a wrong type argument error is also raised by the
above recipe for plist 'face values such as '(variable-pitch :foreground
"red"), on the string.  I could not determine when the change in the
representation of the plist value of 'face occurred, because I couldn't
figure out which part of the code constructs this plist.)

Steve Berman

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