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Re: Terminology in multi-tty primitives

From: Chong Yidong
Subject: Re: Terminology in multi-tty primitives
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 20:00:31 -0500
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Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

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

Here, `terminal' is a catch-all term for an input/output device,
including both ttys (text-only terminals) and X/Win32-win/Nextstep
(graphical terminals).  In contrast, tty should always refer to
text-only terminals.

>  . 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.

Those doc strings should be corrected.

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