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Re: GNU ChangeLog Format: <> or []?

From: Chris Marusich
Subject: Re: GNU ChangeLog Format: <> or []?
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 20:48:26 -0700
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Hi Ludo,

Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:

> Chris Marusich <address@hidden> skribis:
>> Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Square brackets are used for conditionals, but I also use them for
>>> nested entities.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t make it up, but I don’t know
>>> where I took it from!
>> I didn't realize that.  It makes sense, though!  Is using it for nested
>> entities a common GNU ChangeLog idiom?
> It is in Guile and Guix, but that doesn’t count.  ;-)
> We’d need to look for projects not written in C where there’s actual
> nesting (GNU C nested functions are rarely used, except in glibc.)

I see.  That's fair, since Guile and Guix are not the entire world.

>> If so, I wonder if it's worth adding it to the GNU Standards document.
> Maybe, though be aware that attempting to change the Standards can be
> time-consuming and frustrating…

I can imagine.  Maybe it isn't worth expending the effort for something
that seems so trivial, especially since as you mentioned we would need
to be able to point to a lot of projects and say, "They do it, too."

I'm content just knowing how it's used in Guile and Guix!  Thank you.


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