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Re: Documentation for car and cdr

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Documentation for car and cdr
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 00:29:16 +0100
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Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> writes:

> On Wed, 25 Jan 2006, Bill Atkins wrote:
>>Why do we need to "speak loosely"?
> So as to be immediately understandable.

But the understanding will be faulty.  There is no way we can be
immediately understandable if the concept of a cons cell is unknown.

>>Including a link to a description of cons cells is completely
> Yes, but only in addition to an intuitively meaningful description,
> not instead of it.

Intuitively meaningful is no substitute for correct.

> Because that would force the poor hacker to go and look somewhere
> else.

We don't explain the concept of addition in the doc string for +, or
the concept of comparisons in the doc string for >.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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