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Re: Guidelines for the "symbol" syntax class

From: John Yates
Subject: Re: Guidelines for the "symbol" syntax class
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:13:52 -0500

On Sun, Jan 3, 2016 at 7:51 PM, Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> wrote:
IOW you can't expect Emacs's notion of "symbol"
to cover all the use cases.  More specifically, Emacs's notion of symbol
can only be used as a stepping stone on which to construct the things
you need, on a case by case basis.

I interpret this as "Emacs supplies only a basic notion of symbol".

Since xref inches closer to understanding the semantics of the user's
programming language it might want to introduce some new abstraction
for a of a qualified name.  These come in two flavors

- object qualified
- namespace or package qualified

Trying to jigger emacs' symbol notion to cover qualified names as provided
in contemporary languages is likely to be a source of  continuing complaints
and frustration.


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