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Terminology in multi-tty primitives

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Terminology in multi-tty primitives
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 20:16:59 +0200

The terminology used by the multi-tty primitives is in its current
state very irregular, to the degree that IMO it hampers understanding
and promotes confusion.  Examples:

 . Sometimes we use "tty", as in `suspend-tty' and
   `make-frame-on-tty', and sometimes "terminal", as in

 . `terminal-name' returns the name of the _terminal_device_, such as
   "/dev/tty", while a terminal object itself does not really have a

 . Doc strings of several functions use the term "terminal id", but
   the functions accept a _terminal_object_, not an ID.  Since a
   terminal has an integer ID associated with it
   (cf. `get-device-terminal's return value), a user could easily be
   confused to think that we mean that integer identifier.

Are we OK with these inconsistencies?  If it's just me, I'm willing to
leave this alone and just document the status quo.  Otherwise, this is
our last chance to fix the terminology before it is documented and
frozen forever.

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