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Re: abbrev definition (manual)

From: Colin Baxter
Subject: Re: abbrev definition (manual)
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:43 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.2 (gnu/linux)

Dear Jean-Christophe,

>>>>> Jean-Christophe Helary <address@hidden> writes:

    > The usual way to define an abbrev is to enter the
    > text you want the abbrev to expand to, position
    > point after it, and type C-x a g
    > (add-global-abbrev).  Use a numeric argument to say
    > how many words before point should be taken as the
    > expansion.  This prompts for the abbrev itself in
    > the minibuffer, and then defines it as an abbrev
    > for the words specified before point.  For example,
    > to define the abbrev 'foo' as mentioned above,
    > insert the text 'find outer otter' and then type
    > C-u 3 C-x a g f o o RET.

For me, this is a great improvement over the original.

What do you think of the idea of mentioning the use of the universal
argument C-u, if only as a reminder for newbies like myself? I suppose
that my suggestion might not conform to the way manuals are written.

Best wishes,

Colin Baxter
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