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Re: right-char and left-char

From: Chong Yidong
Subject: Re: right-char and left-char
Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 18:04:55 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.90 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> The intended behavior is what you see now in Emacs.  The manual is
> correct for the important special case of the paragraph direction that
> coincides with the text direction.  Most L2R text in the world is in
> L2R paragraphs and most R2L text is in R2L paragraphs, so the
> description covers most of the use cases.
> As for the less common use case you mention, yes, the description in
> the manual could mislead if read too literally; "text is read
> left-to-right" is intentionally vague to at least not be blatantly
> wrong.

This lands us in the unfortunate situation where a command named
`left-char' sometimes moves right, and a command named `right-char'
sometimes moves left.  Their names seem to imply that what distinguishes
these commands from `forward-char'/`backward-char' is their

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