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Re: Putting auto-image-file-mode in Options menu

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Putting auto-image-file-mode in Options menu
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 19:22:45 +0100
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Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>     If you used an overlay instead of text properties, there would be no
>     necessity to modify the buffer.
> That is true.  However, copying the image to another buffer would only
> get you text.

Which is what would be appropriate when copying an XPM icon into a C
source file.  And since the C source file would not be in
auto-image-mode to start with, I could not remove the imagery by
turning auto-image-mode off.  Other buffers are unlikely to retain the
image when being saved and reloaded, unless their file name would also
imply auto-image-mode.  But I think it reasonable that you have to
reload in that case.

> That's why I decided to make it a text property.

Funny.  That's exactly the reason why I would have made the decision
the other way round (and in fact, the preview-latex project uses
overlays instead of text properties for this reason).

I think that without special yank properties that would, say, cause
the image to be included as an image in a HTML buffer and other
locations, it is pointless to have this as a text property since the
image will not usually survive saving and reloading in a different
buffer.  And since the image actually is the outcome of a _mode_, it
would appear that the "is-an-image" state, being coupled with the
mode, belongs to the buffer instead of the text.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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