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Re: Double hyphens in variable names.

 From: Werner LEMBERG Subject: Re: Double hyphens in variable names. Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2003 10:34:16 +0200 (CEST)

>     This seems more logical than the roman fonts (bold and slanted)
>     now being used, although the roman fonts are prettier and take
>     less space.
>
> That sounds like a substantial change for the worse.

I agree.

> One other alternative is to use a fixed width font but slightly
> smaller than the roman font now used.  That might use little or no
> extra space.  It would have a drawback too, in reducing the
> visibility of the function name, but it still could be better
> overall than using a fixed width font of the same size.

As already mentioned, it is ugly.

A TeXnical solution: Make the hyphen character active in @def... like
in this example:

a - a -- a --- a

\let\hyphen=-
\catcode\- \active
\def-{\hyphen{}}

a - a -- a --- a

I don't know how tricky this is to add, but a quick look into
texinfo.tex shows that only @code changes the category code of the
hyphen locally.

Werner

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