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

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#8638: 24.0.50; Imenu should not include vacuous defvars
Date: Sun, 8 May 2011 13:39:14 -0700

> > When you follow a Variables menu entry to its code, you 
> > want to see what the code for the variable is.  You do not
> > want to see only a vacuous defvar that
> > provides no more information than the menu item itself.
> The imenu index is not documentation. It is an index to code. So if
> the "vacuous variable" has twenty lines of comment explaining its
> purpose and why it does not have or require a docstring or an initial
> value, I fully expect imenu to help me get there too, just as if it
> were a normal, "full" variable. Your expectations for imenu are just
> that, your expectations. I prefer to be the judge of what it is
> interesting in the code and what is not, not some imenu filter.
> But that's just my opinion. I'm not going to complain if someone fixes
> this bug to your liking.

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?

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.

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