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version vs edition numbers in Emacs manuals

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: version vs edition numbers in Emacs manuals
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2019 17:35:53 -0700
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I noticed Glenn's comment at the start of doc/emacs/emacs.texi that EDITION (which was "Seventeenth") offers nothing that EMACSVER ("27.0.50") does not. I'd go further and say that it's a net minus, since it's confusing to have competing version numbers for the same thing.

Although separating software version numbers from book edition numbers made sense in the old days when most users had only low-resolution displays and/or printers, nowadays the practice appears to be more trouble than it's worth. So I installed the attached patch, to switch the main Emacs manuals to simple version numbers like "27.0". Comments welcome.

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