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Re: address@hidden: Font Lock on-the-fly misfontification in C++]

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: address@hidden: Font Lock on-the-fly misfontification in C++]
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 08:59:25 +0100
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Good morning, Richard!

On Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 07:59:55PM -0400, Richard Stallman wrote:

> To speak of "GNU Emacs" and "XEmacs" gives the impression that XEmacs
> has nothing to do with GNU.

XEmacs isn't maintained by the GNU project.

> Since XEmacs is a forked version of Emacs, that is a misleading
> impression.  Please write "Emacs" and "XEmacs", or else "GNU Emacs"
> and "GNU XEmacs".

"Emacs", unqualified, can be ambiguous.  It can mean either (i) "an
editor of the Emacs persuasion"; or (ii) "the best editor in the world,
maintained by the GNU project".  In contexts where it is important to
emphasise that (ii) is meant, surely "GNU Emacs" is what to write.  

"XEmacs", by contrast, means what it means.  It's what its maintainers
call it, and I think they would be irritated a fair bit by "GNU XEmacs".
Also, "GNU XEmacs" is so unusual, that to write it would distract
attention from one's intented message.


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