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bug#8638: 24.0.50; Imenu should not include vacuous defvars


From: Juanma Barranquero
Subject: bug#8638: 24.0.50; Imenu should not include vacuous defvars
Date: Sun, 8 May 2011 22:52:06 +0200

On Sun, May 8, 2011 at 22:39, Drew Adams <address@hidden> wrote:

> I understand.  How would you feel if Imenu included entries for defuns and
> defvars that are commented out?  Wouldn't you want Imenu to judge that you are
> not interested in those?

Well, we're not talking about commented out variables, so the
comparison isn't entirely fair.

But, to be honest, sometimes I think that entries for commented out
defuns and defvars would be useful... :-)

> Certainly comments that include defuns and such could be important and
> interesting to developers.  The question is what Imenu should include, and 
> yes,
> it is a judgment call based on expectations of what most users will 
> want/expect.

Not users. Developers. And developers are usually interested in a
package's variables. More so in a lexical-binding context, where the
fact that the defvar exists can (and does) alter semantics.

    Juanma





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