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Re: display property as display spec vector behavior unclear

From: Johan Bockgård
Subject: Re: display property as display spec vector behavior unclear
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 01:54:35 +0200
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Joe Wells <address@hidden> writes:

> The documentation in the Emacs Lisp manual on the display property
> states this:
>   The value of the `display' property should be a display
>   specification, or a list or vector containing several display
>   specifications.
> Unfortunately, this is the only thing it states about the case where
> the display property is a list or vector of display specs.
> I searched for all occurrences of the words “list” and “vector” in
> that section of the manual and could not find more precise details.
> I would guess from the above description that if the display property
> were a vector of display specs, then all of the things specified to be
> displayed would be shown from left to right.  However, it seems that
> only the first one is used, which seems strange.

A vector or list is used for combining properties (where is makes
sense), not laying things out in sequence.

This passage from the comment of handle_single_display_spec is

    DISPLAY_REPLACED_P non-zero means that we previously saw a
    display specification which already replaced text display
    with something else, for example an image; we ignore such
    properties after the first one has been processed.

Properties that don't "replace text with something else" include
`height', `raise', `space-width'. These can be combined.

Image slices use `slice' together with `image'.

Johan Bockgård

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