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bug#9300: 24.0.50; `bounds-of-thing-at-point' does not return nil when j

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#9300: 24.0.50; `bounds-of-thing-at-point' does not return nil when just after THING
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:37:57 -0800 (PST)

> I'm not sure it should be fixed. Your reasoning seems valid,
> however by now this behavior is ingrained into my expectations
> of how thing-at-point should behave.
> This would be a breaking change. For instance, it will make
> (bounds-of-thing-at-point 'symbol) unsuitable for use in a
> completion-at-point-functions element, 

Why do you think so?  Have you tried it?  It does not affect
the behavior for THING = `symbol' at all.

> to compute the first two values of the returned list, because
> during completion you're most often "after" the symbol.

So?  Not a problem.  Put point after a symbol - you get the
same answer as now.

> And I do use it for that purpose in one third-party package.
> emacs-eclim also uses it in
> eclim-java-show-documentation-for-current-element. At the
> very least, this will change the existing behavior.

This is the design of the thingatpt code, and the reason why
`<=' instead of `<' is a bug: 

  the function that is (get THING 'end-op) moves PAST the THING,
  so that point is not on the THING.  This is true generally, no
  matter the type of THING.

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