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Re: describe-char

From: Nick Roberts
Subject: Re: describe-char
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 10:33:47 +1300

 > > I made two commits within a couple of hours. Have you picked up the latest
 > > version of descr-text.el (1.48)?
 > Yes, I tested the latest version.  Try to use `describe-char' on any
 > character in the help buffer.

OK, I can see it will never work in the help buffer.  I've installed your
fix (almost):  help-insert-string just sets help-xref-stack-item rather than
call help-setup-xref.

 > >  > OTOH, I've tested that saving the whole old contents as a string
 > >  > works flawlessly in the help buffer for all links.  Are there reasons
 > >
 > > Yes, it certainly seemed to work when I tested it too.  However, I can see
 > > Stefan's point that it would be more consistent to make describe-char work
 > > like the other cases.  If my latest patch is still buggy, then I think we
 > > should fix that.
 > It makes no sense to make `describe-char' consistently buggy with
 > other cases.
 > Very few other cases are so sensitive to context.  So we could fix
 > `describe-char' first and fix other cases later if necessary.

If it still doesn't work, then please fix it as you see fit.  Although
appropriate here, I think this approach is inappropriate in many cases
e.g `C-h v' could re-create a Help buffer with an out-of-date value which
could be very confusing and generally not what is wanted.  So I'm not sure
I agree with Stafan's idea of a general approach.  Currently this seems to
be a special case.


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