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Elisp terminology (was: Re: [PATCH] Desktop mode saves mark-ring too ver

From: Kelly Dean
Subject: Elisp terminology (was: Re: [PATCH] Desktop mode saves mark-ring too verbosely)
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:30:11 +0000

Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
>> will need to understand or modify, so using a technical
>> abbreviation isn't a problem. Emacs already has abbreviated names
>> such as ⌜fboundp⌝ and ⌜fmakunbound⌝ for programmer-only things,
>> instead of ⌜function-bound-predicate⌝ and ⌜function-make-unbound⌝.
> And the recent trend is to deprecate such ancient usage, including the
> venerable `car', `cdr', and `cons'.

Look what happened when I proposed changing the names of set-default, 
setq-default, and default-value. They're misleading, but you and Eli say 
they're too old to change. IOW, bugs with seniority are features.

The names of car and cdr are even older. And they're not misleading; they're 
just archaic. There's both less need and less ability to change them than there 
is to change the former three.

And yes, the abbreviations ⌜cons⌝, ⌜fboundp⌝, and ⌜fmakunbound⌝ are old, but 
they're neither misleading nor archaic. I'm a good benchmark, since I'm easily 
fooled by misleading names and I have bad memory, yet these names don't cause 
me problems.

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