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Re: C-x 2 and C-x 3

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: C-x 2 and C-x 3
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 19:56:42 -0400

    > `new-window-below' and `new-window-on-right'.  The "split-" prefix has
    > purely operational connotation and application programmers as users are
    > only interested in the state produced but hardly how it was obtained.

    More lispy would be make-window-below etc. (Cf make-frame.)

`split-' in these command names expresses the fact that the space of
the current window is divided among that window and a new one.

`new-window' doesn't state that, so it is not as clear.
You could imagine that a `new-window' command did something else,
such as make a new window and give it space taken from elsewhere.

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