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Cleaning up NEWS, ONEWS, ... files

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Cleaning up NEWS, ONEWS, ... files
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 12:37:03 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

There is currently NO logic in what goes into NEWS, ONEWS, ONEWS.1, etc.

I suggest (and will do the work if accepted) that we reorganize
the NEWS files so that 

NEWS is about the current release, i.e. 22.x

NEWS.21 is about emacs 21.x  (split from current NEWS)

NEWS.20 is about emacs 20.x  (split from current NEWS)

NEWS.19 is about emacs 19.x  (from ONEWS)

NEWS.18 is about emacs 18.x  (from ONEWS.4 and ONEWS.3)

NEWS.17-1 is about emacs 17 and older (from ONEWS.2 and ONEWS.1)

This allows us to write clear and consistent information in NEWS about
where to find information about older releases.

Of course, I'll update view-emacs-news to still DTRT when
given a prefix arg.  (C-u C-h C-n).

BTW, if already visiting a NEWS file, using C-h C-n could
automatically take you to an older or newer NEWS file, depending
on whether you are in the top or bottom half of the NEWS file.

Then, each NEWS file could say

At the top of the file:
      Use C-h C-n to view newer NEWS

At the bottom of the file:
      Use C-h C-n to view older NEWS

instead of explicitly mention which file to visit...

That would be a fairly trivial, and self-contained change!

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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