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Re: Scratch buffer annoyance

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Scratch buffer annoyance
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2007 11:09:16 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1.50 (gnu/linux)

> Why do you think we have text properties?  We can even propertize
> different parts of the string differently.  So we can have "namename" with
> (file t) on the first four characters and (buffer t) on the others to name
> both the file and the buffer into which it goes.  Stefan (who wants ".")
> can mark that as (directory t absolute nil) which takes care of the
> where-emacs-is-run-or-not problem, and if the string is exactly "eval",
> then its property list is evalled and we can do whatever else is needed. 

Great idea.  This way we can even extend this to allow opening several
files/buffers at startup: we just have to concatenate the corresponding file
names and buffer names (separated by spaces, for example) and place the
corresponding `buffer' or `file' property on each part.

And it's all trivial for the beginner since it still just a string: none of
that sexp madness.


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