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Re: regexp does not work as documented

From: David Koppelman
Subject: Re: regexp does not work as documented
Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 14:18:59 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

I was able to reproduce the problem with Bruno Haible's testcase and
font-lock-multiline t does "fix" it. However martin rudalics warns that
font-lock-multiline won't work for all cases and provides an example
idea (below). I can't get that to fail. That is, with
font-lock-multiline t the text was correctly fontified (though after a
pause). My realization of the example was to remove and then add the
first quotation mark from one of the interior lines below (also
tried with more quoted lines):

msgstr ""
"Project-Id-Version: GNU gettext-tools 0.16.2-pre5\n"
"Report-Msgid-Bugs-To: address@hidden"
"POT-Creation-Date: 2007-11-02 03:23+0100\n"
"PO-Revision-Date: 2007-10-27 13:35+0200\n"
"Last-Translator: Christophe Combelles <address@hidden>\n"
"Last-Translator: Christophe Combelles <address@hidden>\n"

The fix I'm contemplating would be to warn the user when a multi-line
regexp was added interactively and font-lock-multiline was nil, and then
perhaps to offer to set font-lock-multiline to t (or to not set it, or
to stop asking).

martin rudalics <address@hidden> writes:

>> Can someone help me find a workaround, then? If not, I would have to give up
>> maintaining po-mode as part of GNU gettext. Said function is central in
>> Emacs po-mode (everything else relies on it), and if multi-line regular
>> expressions don't work, I don't know how this function could be rewritten.
> Don't worry, Stefan will find the solution.  First of all you will
> probably have to
> (setq font-lock-multiline t)
> in the respective buffer.  This will _not_ always DTRT after a buffer
> modification, as, for example, in
> where AAAA stands for some old text previously matched by your regexp,
> CCCC for some new text inserted (or old text removed), and BBBB for some
> text which, after the change, is now matched by the regexp (or not
> matched any more): In this case BBBB will be wrongly highlighted now.
> Alan uses the notorious
> `font-lock-extend-jit-lock-region-after-change'
> function to handle this, but it's not immediately clear how to apply
> this here.  If everything else fails you will have to refontify till
> `window-end' (I prefer using a timer for such refontifications).

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