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Re: Variant spellings in GNU Emacs documentation


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Variant spellings in GNU Emacs documentation
Date: 19 Jan 2004 08:27:48 +0200

> From: David Kastrup <address@hidden>
> Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> Date: 19 Jan 2004 00:16:30 +0100
> > 
> > Writing "MS-DOG" is a common practice for us--it is not an error.
> 
> It serves no useful purpose, in my opinion, and it makes creating
> useful indices and keyword searches more difficult.

How so?  Please elaborate.

AFAIR, we have index entries in place to make this a non-issue.  If
you have practical examples where these humorous names can hinder
documentation, please post them, perhaps some improvements are in
order.

> In addition, it makes one look like a hypocrite if one stresses the
> importance of using the correct name for systems like GNU/Linux.

Personally, I don't see anything wrong with testing the sense of humor
of Emacs users.  Someone once posted an angry message about Antinews
on similar grounds, but I don't think we must be that dead serious
about these things.  We can always use a bit of smiling once in a
while.

GNU/Linux is different: you don't laugh about the beliefs of people
whom you respect.





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