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Re: Renaming eglot -- or at least add an alias?

From: Philip Kaludercic
Subject: Re: Renaming eglot -- or at least add an alias?
Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2022 15:52:04 +0000

João Távora <joaotavora@gmail.com> writes:

> On Sun, Oct 2, 2022 at 3:05 PM Philip Kaludercic <philipk@posteo.net> wrote:
>> João Távora <joaotavora@gmail.com> writes:
>> > Since when are names "intuitive"?  Do I have any intuition about who
>> > you are or what you do from your name alone?  Names are abstract
>> > indirections by definition (with some 20th century structuralist and
>> > post-structuralist caveats that I really don't think apply here).
>> Intuitive in the sense that you can reasonably infer information given
>> previous experiences.  I know that [languagename]-mode is usually a
>> major mode for a language.  A package name like "hl-diff" gives a rough
>> idea of what the package is about, when you know that "hl" stands for
>> highlight.  Something like "highlight-parentheses" is obvious.  If you
>> know about VC, then "vc-fossil" is an intuitive name.
> Those are all phrases in disguise.  Even "hl" is really two things.

I guess so?                           What is the other thing?

> One could have come up with a short phrase instead of Eglot, say
> "emacs-very-bueno" or sth like that. That would probably be more intuitive.
> But also probably silly, and easy to miss the target.

I am under the impression that we are talking past one another.  Yes, I
agree that "emacs-very-bueno" and "Eglot" are equally opaque, but why is
that important?  I am saying that it might be good to _at the very
least_ add an alias for `eglot-ensure' consisting of only English words.

> None of this makes any difference to the fact that Eglot is the best
> name for referring to exactly what Eglot is.

Tautologically yes, but this is too abstract.  The question others and I
are raising is whether or not the function of Eglot is best described by
the name "Eglot", for nothing more than the practical issue of feature
discovery and ease of remembering a name.

> João

Also, do you have comments on the other suggestions form my previous

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