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bug#21391: 24.5; `thing-at-point' should return a string

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#21391: 24.5; `thing-at-point' should return a string
Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:02:04 +0200

> Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden
> From: Dmitry Gutov <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 21:51:23 +0200
> >> It's pretty clearly a bug: most other "things" behave otherwise (list,
> >> sexp, symbol). I'd very much rather we didn't retain conceptual problems
> >> like that just for the sake of compatibility.
> >
> > Not sure which behavior you have in mind.  The removal of properties?
> > Or something else?
> Returning something other than a string or nil from thing-at-point.

Didn't the function behave that way for quite some time?  If so, how
come it's suddenly a problem?

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