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Re: Documentation bug for isearch?

From: Kevin Rodgers
Subject: Re: Documentation bug for isearch?
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 23:00:16 -0700
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Matthieu Lemerre wrote:
I use Emacs for more than 7 year and I just found out that C-s sets
the mark automatically when you start an isearch. The problem with
Emacs is that it's so long to use it optimally, that you get used to
bad automatisms :)

This fact is not written in the documentation string for
isearch-forward; there is a hint "Mark saved where search started",
but I tend not to see them using emacs in full-screen;

I think I would have found it earlier if I could have read it in the
doc string of isearch; my suggestion is to put it in the doc string.

Actually, the mark is set when you _exit_ isearch, as explained in the
Emacs manual:

|    When you exit the incremental search, it sets the mark where point
| _was_ before the search.  That is convenient for moving back there.  In
| Transient Mark mode, incremental search sets the mark without
| activating it, and does so only if the mark is not already active.

I think that text is too long to include in the doc string of the
various isearch commands, and shortening it would leave out the really
useful information.

Kevin Rodgers
Denver, Colorado, USA

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