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Re: eww

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: eww
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2014 07:33:30 -0500

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    Nothing at all.  This problem with etags exists already with many other
    macros and noone cares.

Are you sure no one cares?  When people look for a tag, and it isn't
defined, they will hunt around and find it somehow.

These problems are sloppinesses, and we can avoid them by taking a little
care in defining the macros, or by making etags recognize them specially.

    Since noone ever bothered to create those for define-derived-mode and
    other such macros, I can't imagine that it's important to do it for
    define-alternative which is used just about nowhere.

It's bad in define-derived-mode, too.  It's unfortunate
that there is no tag for `...-mode-map'.  However, at least
the presence of `mode' will suggest to people where they should look.
There is no comparable word in `web-alternatives' to suggest where
to look.

We could make find-tag know about these cases, so it will find
the tags anyway.  That won't even make tag tables do it.

Dr Richard Stallman
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