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Re: Suggestion for improved clarity in xref.el symbol names

From: John Wiegley
Subject: Re: Suggestion for improved clarity in xref.el symbol names
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:47:09 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.130014 (Ma Gnus v0.14) Emacs/25.0.92 (darwin)

>>>>> Robert Weiner <address@hidden> writes:

> The xref.el library has many variables and functions with `backend' in them,
> indicating that they represent language-dependent entities. Before the xref
> API is set in stone, I would consider replacing this term with 'language' as
> it reads better in the names, it refers to a concept intrinsic to the
> cross-references themselves which are language-specific, whereas backend is
> just an implementation detail, and it will make more sense to users of the
> library who may not be familiar with the concept of a `backend'.

> Just a thought but I know these names will live for a long time.

Note that in Emacs 25, xref is still going to be considered "experimental",
and I believe Dmitry has documented it as such, meaning they won't be cast in
as firm a stone as usual.

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