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Re: Display-based word wrapping

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Display-based word wrapping
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 21:41:16 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

>>> The name `truncate-lines' does not give any hint that it controls word
>>> wrapping too.
>>> Do you care about this?  If so, how about this: make truncate-lines an
>>> obsolete alias for `line-wrap-method', which accepts the values
>>> `edge-wrap', `word-wrap', and `truncate', with t equivalent to
>>> `truncate' and nil equivalent to `edge-wrap'.
>> Yes, that sounds very good (I'd have said `char-wrap' rather than
>> `edge-wrap', tho).

> One big disadvantage, though: truncate-lines is used very widely in the
> Lisp code.  Replacing them would be rather annoying.

I don't see much of a problem with it.  That's what
define-obsolete-variable-alias is for, isn't it?

> There's also the matter of what to do with `toggle-truncate-lines'.

This has 2 issues: the name of the command, and its functionality.
I think we'll find that once we figured what is the right fix for its
functionality, the naming issue will be easy to solve.


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