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Re: basic question: going back to dired

From: Juanma Barranquero
Subject: Re: basic question: going back to dired
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 16:38:56 +0200

On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 14:36, Tim X <address@hidden> wrote:

> But don't forget its not just a comp sci term. In fact, comp sci
> borrowed it from "normal" english. In my comp sci days, also in the 80s,
> it still had the more generalised term that fits with how emacs uses
> it.

As would have lots of other terms. That's what I'm saying: "buffer"
seems like the perfect match for Emacs
data-structures-for-temporary-storage-under-whatever-name because
we've been using it that way for 25+ years, not because it is the
only, or more fitting, or more appropriate term.

This conversation (not specifically with you Tim, I'm talking about
the thread) goes nowhere. I said that I'm not proposing to change
anything, but at the same time I *don't* believe there's anything
sacred on the terms used in Emacs today. They are the best just
because of long use and long familiarity. Which does not necessarily
apply to newbies.


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