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Re: Subwindow terminology

From: Dave Abrahams
Subject: Re: Subwindow terminology
Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2011 12:31:20 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.110018 (No Gnus v0.18) Emacs/23.3 (darwin)

on Sat Nov 05 2011, martin rudalics <rudalics-AT-gmx.at> wrote:

>>  > The set of child windows of a window W is the set of windows that have W
>>  > as their parent window.  The set of subwindows of W is recursively
>>  > defined as the set of windows whose parent is either W or a subwindow of
>>  > W.
>> This is usually referred to as "descendant".  Having a completely
>> unrelated term suggests that maybe these are GUI subwindows or
>> something other than "child or child of child etc".
> Using the term "descendant" with Emacs windows is misleading because
> often a parent window is genealogically a descendant of one of its
> subwindows.  

So sometimes a child window is not necessarily a descendant window?  If
so, that's just horrible.  If you don't want to change the "subwindow"
terminology, maybe "child window" should become "immediate subwindow" or
"direct subwindow."

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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