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Re: [ELPA] New package: transient

From: Philippe Vaucher
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package: transient
Date: Sat, 2 May 2020 13:10:00 +0200

> If I take that entry manual and then toggle read only and then "M-x keep-lines -- function" I end up with:
>  -- Function: assoc key alist &optional testfn
>  -- Function: rassoc value alist
>  -- Function: assq key alist
>  -- Function: alist-get key alist &optional default remove testfn
>  -- Function: rassq value alist
>  -- Function: assoc-default key alist &optional test default
>  -- Function: copy-alist alist
>  -- Function: assq-delete-all key alist
>  -- Function: assoc-delete-all key alist
>  -- Function: rassq-delete-all value alist
> That's what I would like to get out of the manual easily.

If I may, it sounds like you have described a process which a (small) GNU Elpa
package could replicate easily.  I for one would install it.  In the Common Lisp
hyperspec pages with this kind of information are found in "the string
"the sequences dictionary".  I think demanding namespacing for discoverability
is mixing up two not entirely orthogonal but also not entirely dependent things.

Interesting point. I think that could work, but wouldn't it be much easier if the language itself was self-documenting?

Sure we can create indexes and manuals and all that, but I find it much more logical for the language to simply self-index and self-document itself by naming things "logically" in the language itself.

But yeah, you're right. Eventually either all of those who think like me will create even more `s.el`, `f.el` and friends, or they'll write manual helpers, or they'll simply give up.


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