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Re: Patch: Syntax and Hard Newlines

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Patch: Syntax and Hard Newlines
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 10:08:26 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.90 (gnu/linux)

>     It's not clear at all that it's a bug rather than a feature.  I think
>     if it's a bug, the bug is in longlines.el since it is longlines which
>     decides that soft-newlines are basically "display only artifacts".

>     In most other contexts, soft newlines are much more real (they're
>     soft, but they're newlines nevertheless).

> In which contexts is it undesirable for soft newlines to be treated
> syntactically as spaces?

I think the determining factor is whether save-buffer saves those soft
newlines as newlines or as something else.

> Soft newlines are only used in longlines mode and in enriched mode,
> and enriched mode won't be used for programs very much.

It's also used by the `use-hard-newline' command.


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