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Re: right-char and left-char

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: right-char and left-char
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 14:04:42 +0200

> From: Chong Yidong <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden
> Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 18:04:55 -0400
> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> > The intended behavior is what you see now in Emacs.  The manual is
> > correct for the important special case of the paragraph direction that
> > coincides with the text direction.  Most L2R text in the world is in
> > L2R paragraphs and most R2L text is in R2L paragraphs, so the
> > description covers most of the use cases.
> >
> > As for the less common use case you mention, yes, the description in
> > the manual could mislead if read too literally; "text is read
> > left-to-right" is intentionally vague to at least not be blatantly
> > wrong.
> This lands us in the unfortunate situation where a command named
> `left-char' sometimes moves right, and a command named `right-char'
> sometimes moves left.

That's unfortunate, I agree, but I couldn't find better names.
Suggestions welcome, it's not too late to change these if we want.

> Their names seem to imply that what distinguishes
> these commands from `forward-char'/`backward-char' is their
> directionality.

That isn't _entirely_ false...

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