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Re: emacs-25 2460cfa: * doc/lispref/lists.texi (Association Lists): Docu

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: emacs-25 2460cfa: * doc/lispref/lists.texi (Association Lists): Document 'alist-get'.
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:46:23 +0200

> From: Michael Heerdegen <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:34:33 +0100
> I really wanted to discuss it, not that you just make some change.

(I made the change because John asked for it.)

If you want to discuss this, then I'm not sure I'm the one you should
discuss this with.  I never use alist-get in any of my code; the only
reason I know about its existence is because it was marked
undocumented in NEWS, and I went through NEWS as part of finishing the
documentation for v25.1.

If you ask my opinion as someone who writes documentation quite a lot,
then I don't think we can do _anything_ in the manual to make this
feature of this particular function more discoverable.  With the size
of the manual we have, you have to _know_ what you are looking for to
find it quickly.

> I still think the typical Emacs user will ask himself: "Where is
> alist-put?".  Don't you think (info "(elisp) Association Lists") should
> answer this question?

IME, the best way to answer such questions is to add alist-put.

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