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Re: display.texi: (<line>,<col>) isn't documented.

From: Stephen Berman
Subject: Re: display.texi: (<line>,<col>) isn't documented.
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2007 23:57:17 +0200
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On Wed, 06 Jun 2007 21:44:26 +0200 David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:

> Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:
>>     I'm not sure what's so good about this, since "(561,2)" needs just as
>>     much space as "L561 C2" and seems less consistent.
>> I think I thought it would be more natural as a way to state
>> two-dimensional coordinates.
> I think it is much more legible.  One tends to parse L and C as part
> of the number.  But it is hard to say what to do when either may be
> absent.
> Maybe something like 561: and :2 and 561:2 ?  That's visually
> formatted, pretty understandable (also has some relation to error
> message formatting), and even more compact.

I often like to be able to quickly see the number of point (e.g.,
while debugging), so my mode lines often contain a string like this:
"L29 C20 P1217".  This contains all the information I need, and I find
it more easily parsable than "29:20:1217" or "(29,20,1217)" (the
latter also isn't a natural extension of the coordinate analogy).

Steve Berman

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