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Re: info invisible changes

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: info invisible changes
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 11:32:43 -0500
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On Wed, Nov 06, 2002 at 10:11:41AM -0500, Stefan Monnier wrote:
> > I think a lot of this stuff would become _much_ simpler if you could must
> > munge the buffer instead of using invisible/display properties (with all
> > their associated oddities), perhaps using text properties to store the
> > necessary non-displayed info instead of parsing the buffer for it -- of
> > course this would perhaps be a bigger change, since you'd have to modify
> > the various info-getting functions too, but I don't see why it would be
> > _that_ big a job (presumably the modified code would support both
> > text-property stored info and buffer-parsing, for backward
> > compatibility).
> I disagree.  Especially since it's all customizable, it's easier and
> safer to keep only one buffer-format and change the appearance
> via properties.

Safer I don't know (though I suspect it doesn't really make all that much
difference), but easier?  Modifying a buffer is _far_ more straight-forward
than using display-modification properties (because lots of stuff in emacs
simply doesn't know about them or their effects, and happily proceeds as if
they weren't there).

P.S.  All information contained in the above letter is false,
      for reasons of military security.

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