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Re: How to increase/decrease quote level in mail/usenet message?

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: How to increase/decrease quote level in mail/usenet message?
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:53:57 -0400
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Grant Edwards <address@hidden> wrote:

> On 2012-04-27, XeCycle <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Grant Edwards <address@hidden> writes:
> >
> >> In mail or message mode, how do you increase/decrease the quote level
> >> of a region?
> >
> > M-;  In case you want more options, do C-h k M-;
> Ah.  It never occurred to me (and never would have) to look for
> commands starting with "comment-".  I looked for indent, quote, level,
> increase, decrease, and about five other keywords. I have absolutely
> no clue why a command to increase/decrease a quote level would be
> called "comment-dwim".

Seems like they just took advantage of the fact that commenting is done 
in most languages simply by adding a prefix to the line, which is 
exactly the same as Usenet-style quoting.  So rather than write a new 
function, they simply co-opted the existing one, since it's not needed 
for its original purpose in email/news.

Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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