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Re: whitespace includes U+3000

From: Kenichi Handa
Subject: Re: whitespace includes U+3000
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 11:01:15 +0900
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In article <address@hidden>, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>> No.  The current Emacs treat only TAB and SPACE as
>> "whitespace" characters.

>> It would be very easy to fix this by setting the syntax table entries
>> for those characters--if there are not too many of them.  So why not
>> fix it?

>     Are you sure that "whitespace" of syntax has the same
>     meaning as the "whitespace" of show-trailing-whitespace?

> I am not sure which one we're talking about here.
> Is it show-trailing-whitespace?

show-trailing-whitespace is just an example.  I think his
question is about all Emacs functionalities handling
"whitespace" in some meaning (examples are listed by M-x
apropos RET whitespace RET).

> If so, that would also be easy to change, if it ought to be changed.

Of course it's easy to change.  The difficult thing is to
determine if it ought to be changed.

>     For instance, currently ^L (formfeed) has syntax
>     "whitespace".  But, it is displayed with glyph "^L".  Should
>     it be the target of show-trailing-whitespace?

> No.

Then we have different meanings in "whitespace"; the set of
characters that have "whitespace" syntax is different from
the set of characters that are displayed by "whitespace"
glyph.  And, we can't use "whitespace" syntax at least for

>     For instance, currently NBSP (U+00A0) has syntax "."
>     (punctuation), and it is displayed with special face to
>     indicated the existing of that character.  Should it be
>     changed to "whitespace" syntax, or shoudn't be changed?

> The special face for that character should not be overridden, but the
> other whitespace after it _and before it_ should probably be displayed
> specially by show-trailing-whitespace.

> You can probably get this result by putting NBSP into the pattern
> for show-trailing-whitespace to recognize.  Redisplay will override
> the face, for the NBSP.

What do you mean by "pattern" here?  Regular expression?
Currently the function highlight_trailing_whitespace doesn't
use regular expression but checks TAB and SPACE directly
(i.e. hardcoded).

By the way, I've just found that currently the special face
for NBSP is overriden by show-trailing-whitespace.  That is
because highlight_trailing_whitespace is called at the near
end of display_line.

Anyway, Unicode has lots more space-like characters
(e.g. U+2000..U+200B).  Should them be treated by the same
way as NBSP (i.e. displayed with nobreak-face)?  Or as

How about the case of fixup-whitespace?  It seems that this
function should delete only TAB and SPACE.  So, here we have
the third meaning of "whitespace"; just TAB and SPACE.

How about the case of delete-trailing-whitespace?

How about the case of ...

Do you think we should define the semantics of "whitespace"
and "space character" in all cases clearly before the
release, and should modify codes if necessary?

Kenichi Handa

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