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Re: doc-view.el now allows searching


From: Bill Clementson
Subject: Re: doc-view.el now allows searching
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 09:44:11 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (darwin)

Hi Tassilo,

Tassilo Horn <address@hidden> writes:

> Bill Clementson <address@hidden> writes:
>> Tassilo Horn <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Hey, it's a whole bunch of fun.  I've just finished implementing a
>>> new feature: Now you can REGEXP-SEARCH in documents.  Please git-pull
>>> and give it a try.  The commentary explains how to use it.
>>
>> Hey, what a coincidence - I was just about to write a note saying
>> something along the lines of "now that the speed issue has been
>> addressed, the biggest remaining shortfall is..." and you went and
>> addressed it before I finished writing the post! ;-)
>
> Something in my head whispered: "Bill wants to search documents...
> search documents... uooouuuhhh!"

Good to hear that my telepathic, DWIW utility is working properly. It
also is slated to appear in CVS Emacs shortly. ;-)

>> It would be nice if there was some way of highlighting the matching
>> terms in the document;
>
> Haha, this one was nice! :-)

I thought you would find that amusing. ;-)

>> however, I can't see how you would be able to do that. Alternatively,
>> as each matching page is displayed with "C-S-n", perhaps you could
>> display at the bottom of the page the matches on that page with a
>> certain amount of context - (e.g. - 10 words on either side of each
>> match).
>
> I'll address this later today.

Great - I see you've already done it and I have a few comments in a
separate reply.

>> That would let the reader find the matches more easily on that page.
>
> Yes, when I tested the searching functionality I always thought: "Why's
> that page a match, I cannot find that damn "foo" anywhere!" (Till some
> minutes later I found that little "football" somewhere.)

I have the same problem - if I don't have the phrase pointed out to
me, I can spend ages trying to find it on the page.

- Bill





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