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Re: Shouldn't emacs print long lists with newlines?

From: Michael Heerdegen
Subject: Re: Shouldn't emacs print long lists with newlines?
Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:28:47 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

ndame <address@hidden> writes:

> E.g. if the disaplayed list is longer than a screen line then it could
> display an item per line. Maybe depending on a user option.

A good heuristic is not easy to find:

- When list elements are small (e.g. small integers), one item per line
is annoying because the list fills the whole screen although it would
fit in three lines or so.

- Code is sometimes pretty printed.  Adding newlines at bad places makes
the result look quite strange, e.g.


- What if the expression is deeply nested (like code) and subexpressions
already start near fill-column?

- Not everything that doesn't fit into one line is a list.  Should we
handle other objects too?


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