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Re: [Groff] Another hdtbl patch

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Groff] Another hdtbl patch
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2010 11:18:04 +0000


Werner wrote:
> >     No macro, register, or string name within standard macro
> >     packages will ever end in * .  Thus all user created names that
> >     end in * will never collide with any within the standard macro
> >     packages.
> Nice idea.  Have you already verified that no macro provided by any of
> the `big' macro packages end with `*'?  It should be noted that such
> user macro names must be longer than two characters.

`*' is quite noisey visually.  A bit of a splat that attracts the eye if
your editor isn't using a font that makes it a bit small and
superscript, drawing the eye away from the macro name itself.

How about a trailing `-'?  It's quiet.  Looks OK having briefly tried
it.  And the brain is used to seeing trailing ones due to hypenation.


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