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Re: capitalization of error messages and option descriptions

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: capitalization of error messages and option descriptions
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:16:55 GMT

    I'm quite ambivalent about this rule, often disable it, and
    would not mind removing it altogether.

I gather by "this rule" you mean the syntax-check rule.  I agree

I doubt rms would agree to removing the original statement from
standards.texi, since it's a user-visible convention.  However, it's
clearly intended to apply only to messages of the form

Diagnostic messages of other sorts, like:
  Input files contain messages in different encodings, %s and %s among others.

certainly should be capitalized and have periods.  That is indeed a
sentence :).  (Although, switching topics a bit, I wonder if
users might like to have all such errors cast in the above format so
that next-error would do something sensible with them ... anyway ...)


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