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Syntax-tables: inconsistent terminology in Elisp manual.

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Syntax-tables: inconsistent terminology in Elisp manual.
Date: 23 Dec 2001 18:32:24 +0100
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 12:00:45 +0000
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Elisp manual version 2.7 (accompanying Emacs 21.1).

In the page Syntax Class Table, there are two syntax classes known as
"generic comment delimiter" and "generic string delimiter".  In the page
Syntax Table Internals, these are described respectively as
"comment-fence" and "string-fence".  This is confusing.

I suggest that the terms "comment fence" and "string fence" should be
used consistently in both both of these pages and anywhere else they
appear.  "generic \(comment\|string\) delimiter" is a bit of a mouthful.

Happy Yuletide and Hogmanay to everybody who celebrates them, and all the
best to everybody else!

Alan Mackenzie (Munich, Germany)
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