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Re: Two column editing

From: Jean-Christophe Helary
Subject: Re: Two column editing
Date: Tue, 5 May 2020 22:00:32 +0900

> On May 5, 2020, at 19:42, Noam Postavsky <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Tue, 5 May 2020 at 06:28, Jean-Christophe Helary
> <address@hidden> wrote:
>> I say kind of because one line that has a slightly longer string left-hand 
>> is not split at all even though it is a pure TSV file.
>> When I split based on that line, then the other lines are not split.
>> So, that's one bug I did not expect...
> The docstring says  "Only lines that have the ARG same preceding
> characters at that column get split." so I think that is to be
> expected.

Thank you Noam. I've closed the bug. The behavior was not clear by just reading 
the documentation.

>> Have you tried that with the new tab-bar/line mode ?
> I did try after doing M-x tab-bar-mode and it still worked fine. I
> tried now also after M-x tab-line-mode and it works, although the tab
> line messes up the alignment since it's only on the left-hand buffer.

Thank you for trying. I won't be testing further because the mode is not very 
helpful for my use case (editing TSV files).

Now that my first question has found an answer, here come my second question.

This mode is the only one along with help to be assigned a prefix function key. 
F1 for help and F2 for 2C editing. The prefix is mentioned in the very first 
chapters of the manual and C-x 6 is mentioned at the same level as C-x 4 and 
C-x 5.

Since the code dates back from 92 I guess it was considered important enough at 
the time to get that F2 prefix. But is it widely used now ? I'm not finding a 
lot of references to it on the net.

Jean-Christophe Helary
http://mac4translators.blogspot.com @brandelune

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