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

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: bug#21391: 24.5; `thing-at-point' should return a string
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:28:17 +0200
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On 10.11.2016 19:13, Eli Zaretskii wrote:

But that's exactly my point: you cannot usefully return some objects
as strings.  Their text representation is much less useful than the
object itself.

If the consumer needs the text representation, they will call

(thing-at-point 'foo)

If they need the "real thing", they will call


which we really expect to be defined.

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