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Re: Question about copy-region-as-kill

From: John Wiegley
Subject: Re: Question about copy-region-as-kill
Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2002 19:53:49 -0700
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>>>>> On Sat Apr  6, Miles writes:

> In any case, perhaps you're right that text-properties should be
> optionally buffer-specific, but that doesn't mean it's the proper
> thing to get rid of the distinction between text-properties and
> overlays.

> [...]

> These very different interfaces are both useful in different
> circumstances.

I agree.  I think overlays have their place; for example they allow
specialized font properties to be used in conjunction with font-lock,
like highlighting certain terms temporarily.  These overlays can then
all be deleted in one go, without having to search the text.

It's the use of overlays to avoid copying properties that seems
excessive, not overlays themselves.  In my opinion.  :)


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