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bug#16413: 24.3.50; Inconsistent behavior of text property functions in

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#16413: 24.3.50; Inconsistent behavior of text property functions in narrowed buffer
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:17:21 +0200

> From: Nathan Trapuzzano <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:52:23 -0500
> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> >> Functions that I know to be problematic include:
> >> 
> >> get-text-property
> >> text-properties-at
> >> previous-single-property-change
> >
> > The first two are low-level primitives that explicitly ignore the
> > narrowing; don't use them if you want them to be limited to the
> > narrowed region.
> char-after is a primitive, and it behaves intuitively at (point-max) on
> narrowed buffers.  Why shouldn't other functions behave consistently?

I don't know.  One reason could be that we might need a primitive that
can report properties of characters that are not reachable.  But I
don't have any evidence to that effect.

> Nevermind about the search functions.  I was confused about the behavior
> of previous-single-property-change.  The problem lies in the functions
> that fetch the properties.

The usual paradigm is to search for a possible place where the you
might have the property, then examine the properties at that point.
With this paradigm, if you never look at the properties when the
search hits the limit of the search, you will never have this problem.

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