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Re: kmacro.texi

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: kmacro.texi
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 10:53:21 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Luc Teirlinck <address@hidden> writes:

> I propose the following changes to man/kmacro.texi.  If they look OK,

They are _really_ good.  Thanks.

> I believe that `(emacs)Keyboard Macro Counter' and `(emacs)Keyboard
> Macro Step-Edit' are specialized sections and should be moved to
> emacs-xtra.  Would that be OK?  

Since macros are the "poor mans" Lisp functions, I think the macro
counter is an important feature of macros (personally, I use them
quite often), so unless there are strong reasons to omit them,
I think they should be described in the printed manual.

It's ok to move the step-edit part to emacs-xtra.

> I have left `(emacs)Keyboard Macro Step-Edit' unchanged,
> but `(emacs)Edit Keyboard Macro' already explains, much more briefly,
> an easier to learn alternative way to edit kmacros.


> We also decided some moths ago that it would be good to move
> kmacro.texi back to after the discussion of key bindings and related
> topics, which `(emacs)Save Keyboard Macro' heavily relies on.  Is this
> still OK?  Currently, `(emacs)Save Keyboard Macro' is nearly
> impossible to understand for a reader reading the manual back to
> front.

IIRC, I moved it to its current position (near text editing, search
and replace, etc) because macros basically is more related to
"repeating the same editing" than about key bindings and

But I wont object to the move if you think that gives a better flow.

> I submit a patch without those "moving around" changes, because I want
> to separate that from the actual content changes in the patch below.

I suggest you install these changes in the current position -- and do
the moves in a separate change.

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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