(lemacs.info)Word Search

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Word Search

   Word search looks for a sequence of words without regard to how the
words are separated.  More precisely, you type a string of many words,
using single spaces to separate them, and the string is found even if
there are multiple spaces, newlines or other punctuation between the

   Word search is useful in editing documents formatted by text
formatters.  If you edit while looking at the printed, formatted
version, you can't tell where the line breaks are in the source file.
Word search, allows you to search  without having to know the line

     Search for WORDS, ignoring differences in punctuation.

     Search backward for WORDS, ignoring differences in punctuation.

   Word search is a special case of non-incremental search.  It is
invoked with `C-s RET C-w' followed by the search string, which must
always be terminated with another RET.  Being non-incremental, this
search does not start until the argument is terminated.  It works by
constructing a regular expression and searching for that.  Note: Regexp

   You can do a backward word search with `C-r RET C-w'.

   Forward and backward word searches are implemented by the commands
`word-search-forward' and `word-search-backward'.  You can bind these
commands to keys.  The reason that incremental search is programmed to
invoke them as well is that `C-s RET C-w' is the traditional Emacs
sequence of keys for word search.

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