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

From: Dieter Wilhelm
Subject: Re: display.texi: (<line>,<col>) isn't documented.
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2007 20:13:26 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.990 (gnu/linux)

"Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:
>> 12345c0 12345:0 12345-0
>> 12345c12345     12345:12345     12345-12345
>> With c the meaning is clearer, I think, with the dash it's more
>> readable.  I'd choose the single c.
> In 30c40, what makes one necessarily associate the c with 40 and not 30? In

Right, but without (column-number-mode t) it's L30 so the association
is with the number behind the letter by customary (Emacs) right ;-).

> don't see why that's obvious, but if most people think it is, then there is
> nothing wrong with (12,25).

It needs two letter more.

> 12:25 can be confused with a time. 12-25 can be confused with a range of
> some kind (12 through 25). 12.25 can be confused with a decimal number.

Yes and '.' is already taken up:

. -- Emacs load specification, good mathematical association for
     floating point load values.

: -- Emacs time specification, good cultural association (in Germany
     at least).

c -- column specification, understandable for English speaking users,
     one could also internationalise it a bit, e.g. 's' (Spalte) for
     us Germans: 12s25 and so on.

> I prefer 25x 12y (or 12y 25x), personally, but I can live with any of the
> proposals, including what we have now. Let the Grand Gnu choose.

Is this an allusion to St IGNUcius

When such extremely important things are to be decided it's always a
good thing to ask for higher authorities 8-).

    Best wishes

    H. Dieter Wilhelm
    Darmstadt, Germany

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