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Re: Do shorthands break basic tooling (tags, grep, etc)? (was Re: Shorth

From: Phil Sainty
Subject: Re: Do shorthands break basic tooling (tags, grep, etc)? (was Re: Shorthands have landed on master)
Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2021 12:52:11 +1300
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On 2021-10-02 11:38, Richard Stallman wrote:
I think #2 might be a good idea, but #1 would lead to horrible
confusion.  If the screen does not match the buffer, that is chaos.

No more chaotic than the lisp reader interning symbols using names
other than those that are used in the code.  All such "things are not
as they appear" features are varying degrees of chaos.

The feature for #1/#2 would be opt-in, so any user who enabled it
would be aware in advance of the nature of the chaos, and therefore
not confused by it (it would be the trade-off they were knowingly
making in order to read and write short names); and users who did
not enable the feature would not encounter any chaos at all, as
they would only ever see the real names.


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