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Re: [PATCH v3] Allow applying filters to summary consecutively

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] Allow applying filters to summary consecutively
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2022 22:13:03 -0500

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  > Before we embark on such a massive documentation change, I'd like to
  > try to find a less invasive change of terminology, if that exists.  Do
  > you see a way to do that?

I would not object to changing the existing Rmail partial-summary commands
to use the term "filtered" if that makes the whole of Rmail summaries

  > Anyway, unless I misunderstand something, the "summary" in Rmail is called 
  > the message "index" or "list" by other MUAs.

"List" in the context of Emacs will tend to cause confusion.
"Index" might be ok to switch to.  Does anyone see a possible
confusion in use of "index" here?

  > How about "progressive summary"? or maybe "progressively narrowing
  > summary"?

If it is ok to use the term "narrowing" for this.
"progressively narrowing" would make sense.

It could also be "progressive filtering".

  >   Is "limit" perhaps a 
  > better word?

I think "limit" is not helpful here.
That's because "progressively limiting" is not a clear way to
decribe this.

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
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