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bug#18192: Incorrect implication in delete-{backward, forward}-char docs


From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#18192: Incorrect implication in delete-{backward, forward}-char docstrings
Date: Sat, 03 Aug 2019 21:13:54 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Reuben Thomas <address@hidden> writes:

> These two functions are marked interactive-only, yet the docstrings' last
> sentence starts "Interactively," which may lead readers to infer that they can
> be used non-interactively:
>
> Interactively, N is the prefix arg, and
> KILLFLAG is set if N was explicitly specified.
>
> How about the following re-wording for the last sentence:
>
> "A prefix arg becomes N, and sets KILLFLAG."
>
> In fact, this solves another confusion: is pressing C-u "explicitly" setting 
> N?
> It might seem not, but it certainly causes KILLFLAG to be set.

It a bit confusingly worded, and I've now installed the following phrase
instead:

"If called interactively, a numeric prefix argument specifies N, and
KILLFLAG is also set if a prefix argument is used."

While these functions are just supposed to be used interactively, they
can be used non-interactively, so I think it's right to call out the "if
called interactively" here, too.

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