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Re: Advanced query-replace-regexp in code

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Advanced query-replace-regexp in code
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 03:04:26 -0400
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In article <address@hidden>, Teemu Likonen <address@hidden> 

> On 2009-05-27 21:19 (-0400), Barry Margolin wrote:
> > In interactive calls, the replacement text may contain `\,'
> >
> > It's a special extension just for interactive use. I'm not sure why it
> > was restricted this way.
> I think in Lisp programs it's much easier and more problem-free to
> evaluate Lisp expressions normal Lisp-way than to write expressions
> inside strings and use the "\\,expression" form there.
> Interactive replace string
>     \,(capitalize \1)
> can be written as
>     (capitalize (match-string 1))
> in programs. With functions like "concat" or "format" the latter
> expression can be concatenated with the surrounding replace string.

In that case, why allow programs to call replace-regexp in the first 
place?  If they can call it, why shouldn't they be able to use all the 

replace-regexp also does the searching and looping for you.  So instead 
of a simple, concise one-liner, you have to code everything, with the 
potential to screw up.

Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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