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Re: typo in frame.el

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: typo in frame.el
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2004 01:54:02 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.110002 (No Gnus v0.2) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:
> "Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:
>> Hmmm...  I suppose so. But two silly counter-arguments, then I'll rest:
>> 1) The unwashed masses seem to have digested ":)" OK...
> "Digested"?  I'd say they created it.  I doubt that hackers need
> explicit warning labels for nonobvious humor.

:-) is nothing more than a symbol to indicate an emotional state of
the sender.  And as in RL one can make jokes with a different face,
using smiley makes the same difference as for making jokes with
a smile or with a Good Friday face :-)

> I said that non-matheticians/programmers/logicians use "if" in the
> meaning "iff" more often than otherwise, so they get more than half
> of its meaning.
> Anyway, in this case, the doc string is unclear anyway.
> It should be
> Turn cursor blink mode on if ARG is positive, off otherwise.

Rephrasing it will undoubtedly help to reduce misunderstanding for
non-mathematicians/programmers/logicians, and it even don't have to
fit on one line in the given case, because it's not the first line of
a docstring.  But anyhow, it seems that eliminating "iff" is too late,
because "iff" is already too widespread in Emacs source files.

Juri Linkov

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