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bug#21129: 24.5; Behaviour and docstring of flyspell-check-previous-high
bug#21129: 24.5; Behaviour and docstring of flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:35:47 -0300
flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word (f-c-p-h-w) seems to me to have
(at least) two bugs (see below) and has typos in (and other problems
with) its docstring.
The function (in flyspell.el) appears thus:
(defun flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word (&optional arg)
"Correct the closer misspelled word.
This function scans a mis-spelled word before the cursor. If it finds one
it proposes replacement for that word. With prefix arg, count that many
misspelled words backwards."
(let ((pos1 (point))
(arg (if (or (not (numberp arg)) (< arg 1)) 1 arg))
(if (catch 'exit
(while (and (setq pos (previous-overlay-change pos))
(not (= pos pos1)))
(setq pos1 pos)
(if (> pos (point-min))
(setq ovs (overlays-at (1- pos)))
(while (consp ovs)
(setq ov (car ovs))
(setq ovs (cdr ovs))
(if (and (flyspell-overlay-p ov)
(= 0 (setq arg (1- arg))))
(throw 'exit t)))))))
(setq flyspell-word-cache-word nil) ;; Force flyspell-word
(error "No word to correct before point"))))
1. The docstring fails to state that, to be found, the misspelled word
must be highlighted by Flyspell. (It might not be if Flyspell has not
yet run over the buffer or region in question.)
2. Some other problems/typos with the docstring are pointed out with
Correct the closer misspelled word.
This function scans a mis-spelled word before the cursor. If it
^ ^ ^^^^^^^^^^
finds one it proposes replacement for that word. With prefix arg,
count that many misspelled words backwards.
Perhaps a better docstring might be something like:
Correct the closest previous word that is highlighted as misspelled.
This function scans for a word before point that has been
highlighted by Flyspell as misspelled. If it finds one it proposes a
replacement for that word. With a prefix arg, it scans for the nth
misspelled word before point, for n equal to ARG.
3. Strangely, f-c-p-h-w uses the Ispell user interface rather than
the Flyspell user interface. This suits me fine as I like a
non-graphical interface, but it seems to me to be a bug. This is
Flyspell after all, and I think one would expect the same interface as
with, say, `M-x flyspell-correct-word-before-point'.
4. Contrary to the docstring, if point is immediately after the last
character of a misspelled (and Flyspell-highlighted) word, f-c-p-h-w
skips to the previous misspelled (and Flyspell-highlighted) word, even
though the closest previous misspelled word was the one directly before
5. Executing f-c-p-h-w with a prefix argument does not appear to work;
the behaviour is as if there was no prefix argument. E.g. with several
misspelled words in the buffer before point, `C-u 3 M-x
flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word' acts on the final one just as
`M-x flyspell-check-previous-highlighted-word' does, rather than on the
3rd from last one.
In GNU Emacs 24.5.1 (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.14.12)
of 2015-05-07 on buildvm-08.phx2.fedoraproject.org
Windowing system distributor `Fedora Project', version 11.0.11603000
System Description: Fedora release 21 (Twenty One)
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