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bug#4345: Manual suggestions for point and cursor

From: Gareth Rees
Subject: bug#4345: Manual suggestions for point and cursor
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 00:28:46 +0100

In GNU Emacs 23.1.1 (powerpc-apple-darwin9.8.0, NS apple- appkit-949.54) of 2009-08-18 on Chihiro.local
Windowing system distributor `Apple', version 10.3.949
configured using `configure  '--with-ns''

Some Emacs manual suggestions to do with describing the nature of the cursor and point.

1. In the Emacs manual, node "Point", it says "While the cursor appears to be _on_ a character, you should think of point as _between_ two characters; it points _before_ the character that appears under the cursor." The cursor only appears to be on a character if you have a block cursor configured. With a vertical bar cursor, the cursor appears to be between characters, and with a horizontal bar cursor, the cursor appears to be underneath a character. The manual might qualify the claim being made here.

2. Later in the "Point" node, it says, "On a graphical display, Emacs shows a cursor in each window; the selected window's cursor is solid and blinking, and the other cursors are hollow." The manual might note that this is the default for how the cursor is displayed and that the shape can be configured.

3. In the node "Cursor Display", it is mentioned that you can configure the shape of the cursor: "For a box cursor, this is a hollow box; for a bar cursor, this is a thinner bar." However, no explanation is given for how to do this. The manual might mention the cursor-type frame parameter, and link to the elisp manual node "Cursor Parameters".

4. In the node "Table Recognition", the phrase "under point" appears four times. Generally the Emacs manual is careful to use the phrase "after point" when mentioning a character position, or "at point" when mentioning a vaguer location. I suggest that "under point" be changed to "at point" in this node.

Gareth Rees

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