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Re: [Groff] Mission statement, second draft

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] Mission statement, second draft
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:48:26 +0100 (CET)

>> Any feel for how many man pages would be affected by the .hygiene
>> command?
> Based on doclifter's conversion failure rate, no more than 6%.  But
> the unhygienic set can be tuned so the error rate is below that by
> failing to exclude constructs that we decide to consider rare but
> kosher.  I think 3% would be easily achievable and acceptable.

Please do me a favour: Don't call this `hygienic'.  Say `restricted'
instead.  Today, technical English for software must satisfy some
constraints, IMHO, and one of them is the avoidance of `colourful'
terms that might call unwanted associations, especially if there are
alternatives that are equivalent or even better suited to the task at

Another aspect is translations: At least in German, it sounds
extremely odd to use `hygienic' for the intended context.


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