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bug#1381: acknowledged by developer (close 1382)


From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#1381: acknowledged by developer (close 1382)
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:39:14 -0700

What's this about - is it a mistake?

#1381 has nothing to do with #1382.

See below for my last mail (2008) about #1381.



> -----Original Message-----
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> To: Drew Adams
> Subject: bug#1381 acknowledged by developer (close 1382)
> 
> This is an automatic notification regarding your bug report
> #1381: 23.0.60; capitalization of car and cdr in the doc,
> which was filed against the emacs package.
> 
> It has been marked as closed by one of the developers, namely
> Chong Yidong <address@hidden>.
> 
> You should be hearing from them with a substantive response shortly,
> in case you haven't already. If not, please contact them directly.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Drew Adams Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 8:18 AM
> To: address@hidden Cc: address@hidden; 
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> Subject: bug#1381: 23.0.60; capitalization of car and cdr in the doc
> 
> >     OK, that's one thing. But my question was whether these 
> >     shouldn't simply be treated as normal Emacs terms - just
> >     like cons, buffer, symbol, and frame, after
> >     they have been introduced (defined).
> > 
> > The reason for using @sc on car and cdr is that they are acronyms.
> > Those other terms are not acronyms.
> 
> I see. That makes sense, I guess, though I'm not sure it's 
> important. (If we
> always stuck to that convention, then we might always write 
> "EMACS" or "EMacS",
> not "Emacs". ;-))
> 
> FWIW, this is what Wikipedia says about the orthography of acronyms:
> 
>  The most common capitalization scheme seen with acronyms
>  and initialisms is all-uppercase (all-caps), except for
>  those few that have linguistically taken on an identity
>  as regular words, with the acronymous etymology of the
>  words fading into the background of common knowledge, such
>  as has occurred with the words scuba, laser, and radar.
> 
> That's the argument I'd make here: "car" and "cdr" have 
> linguistically taken on
> an identity as regular words. The machine registers that were 
> at the orgins of
> these terms are incidental to the current meanings, and 
> knowledge of that
> historical relation is anecdotal.
> 
> I see "cdr" (for Lispians) the same way I see "radar". We 
> should encourage
> thinking of these as common terms, rather than as acronyms 
> about machine
> registers. Rather than facilitating understanding, I think it 
> gets in the way of
> understanding (and readability) to write "RADAR" and "CDR".






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