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Re: Fixing rectangle operations

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Fixing rectangle operations
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 11:51:37 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>>> The point is before 'long' in the first line. Vim documents
>>> that if one want to insert 'very ' before these two 'long's,
>>> it will ignore the short line. Hence the result is:
>>> This is a very long line
>>> short
>>> Any other very long line
>> I dunno, vim's behavior seems kind of bizarre to me.
>> Treating all lines as implicitly "blank extended" in rectangle
>> operations seems much more natural (and _not_ doing so likely to cause a
>> lot of user confusion).

> I agree.  I can see the problem with Emacs doing what it does, but
> that feels more natural.  At least in the situations I use C-x r t I
> have never seen this as a problem.

Clearly both behaviors make sense.
If that really matters, we could provide the Vim behavior via C-u prefix or
via another command.


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