GNU bug report logs - #18192
Incorrect implication in delete-{backward,forward}-char docstrings

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Package: emacs; Severity: minor; Reported by: Reuben Thomas <rrt@HIDDEN>; dated Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:34:01 UTC; Maintainer for emacs is bug-gnu-emacs@HIDDEN.

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Subject: Incorrect implication in delete-{backward,forward}-char docstrings
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These two functions are marked interactive-only, yet the docstrings' last
sentence starts "Interactively," which may lead readers to infer that they
can be used non-interactively:

Interactively, N is the prefix arg, and
KILLFLAG is set if N was explicitly specified.

How about the following re-wording for the last sentence:

"A prefix arg becomes N, and sets KILLFLAG."

In fact, this solves another confusion: is pressing C-u "explicitly"
setting N? It might seem not, but it certainly causes KILLFLAG to be set.

If this is satisfactory, I can install a fix.

-- 
http://rrt.sc3d.org

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<div dir="ltr"><div><div><div>These two functions are marked interactive-only, yet the docstrings&#39; last sentence starts &quot;Interactively,&quot; which may lead readers to infer that they can be used non-interactively:<br>
<br>Interactively, N is the prefix arg, and<br>KILLFLAG is set if N was explicitly specified.<br><br></div>How about the following re-wording for the last sentence:<br><br></div>&quot;A prefix arg becomes N, and sets KILLFLAG.&quot;<br>
<br>In fact, this solves another confusion: is pressing C-u &quot;explicitly&quot; setting N? It might seem not, but it certainly causes KILLFLAG to be set.<br><br></div>If this is satisfactory, I can install a fix.<br clear="all">
<div><div><div><div><div><br>-- <br><a href="http://rrt.sc3d.org">http://rrt.sc3d.org</a>
</div></div></div></div></div></div>

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Acknowledgement sent to Reuben Thomas <rrt@HIDDEN>:
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