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bug#6493:


From: Stephen Berman
Subject: bug#6493:
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 19:02:45 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Fri, 23 Jul 2010 11:45:13 -0400 Chong Yidong <address@hidden> wrote:

> Juanma Barranquero <address@hidden> writes:
>
>> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 11:10, Deniz Dogan <address@hidden> wrote:
>>
>>> Attached is a new patch.
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>> Three comments:
>
> Aside from these points (with which I agree), the addition of "as a
> nonnegative integer" is unnecessary.  Point and mark are always
> non-negative.  Also, it is important to keep the word "position",
> because mark could otherwise refer to the mark marker.  I prefer:
>
>   "Return the position of point or mark, whichever is smaller."

On Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:16:48 -0700 "Drew Adams" <address@hidden> wrote:

> Point _is_ a position.  It is the position of the cursor.  So that text speaks
> about the position of the position of the cursor, which is incorrect.
>
> But you are correct that we do speak of "setting the mark at a position".

How about this:
"Return the smaller of the integer value of point or the mark."
(`value' is used in the doc strings of 'point' and `mark'.)

Steve Berman





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