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Re: OT: ChangeLog stylistics

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: OT: ChangeLog stylistics
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 18:02:37 +0100
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* Stepan Kasal wrote on Mon, Mar 20, 2006 at 06:13:50PM CET:
> > 
> > There is considerable variation among ChangeLog entries in packages I
> > know with respect to the passive or active voice. [...]
> I though it's a problem of present vs. past tense, not actove/passive voice.
> The changelog informs about what _was done_ so there is no reason to use
> present tense or imperative.

I must confess to not have been sure whether it was present vs past, or
active vs passive.  FWIW,  info standards "Simple Changes" contains:

|    * keyboard.c (Fcommand_execute): New arg SPECIAL.
|    All callers changed.

as an example; or later:

|    * frame.h [HAVE_X_WINDOWS] (FRAME_WINDOW_P): Macro defined.

But also simple present is used.  I could not find a direct reference to
what should be used.  Neither in

Anyway, personally I don't care much, so unless there are reasons to
prefer one, I'll just go with what the maintainer prefers.


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