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11.3.8 How to deal with certain programming-requirements

This chapter describes in detail how to solve certain programming-challenges with tree-buffers. Caching the current tree-buffer display

Sometimes it can be useful or important to cache the current display of a tree-buffer and display later exactly this cached display-state. Here is how to do this:

  1. Caching the display: You have to do two tasks: First store the current internal structure of the tree-buffer; you must do this with the function tree-buffer-displayed-nodes-copy. Then store the buffer-contents of that tree-buffer you want to cache; you can do this for example with buffer-substring. For both tasks you must make the tree-buffer the current-buffer.
  2. Displaying a previous tree-buffer-cache: Make the tree-buffer the current buffer, call tree-buffer-update and pass as second argument CONTENT the data you have stored in step 1. See the documentation of tree-buffer-update for details.

    Here is an example:

              (cons (nth 2 cache-elem) ;; the stored buffer-string
                    (nth 1 cache-elem) ;; the stored tree-structure