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Re: Docstrings and manuals

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Docstrings and manuals
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:25:36 -0400

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  > How come it can be more important to mention in the manual? Returning 
  > nil is either a part of the function's contract, or not.

We don't divide up the function's behaviors in that all-or-nothing way.

Since the return value is documented in the manual, it is something
we would not change without a good reason.  However, that doesn't mean
it needs to be stated in the doc string.

Dr Richard Stallman
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