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bug#15558: [gnu.org #859332] Error in elisp on line documentation

From: Robert Musial via RT
Subject: bug#15558: [gnu.org #859332] Error in elisp on line documentation
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:32:27 -0400

Emacs team:

Below is another documentation improvement suggestion.


> address@hidden - Thu Sep 26 12:06:21 2013]:
> (Please forward to the appropriate document maintainer.)
> I believe that I have found  an error in the description of cond at:
> http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/elisp/Conditionals.html
> The description implies that the "condition" element of a clause is not
> included in "body-forms".  This is a reasonable separation, since (if the
> clause is reached) the condition is evaluated while the body-forms may or
> may not be (depending upon the condition's value).
> But it goes on to say that the value (of the cond) is that of the last of
> the body-forms to be evaluated.  Yet it is perfectly legal for a clause to
> have no body-forms, only a condition.  In this case, if the condition is
> non-nil, that is, if the clause succeeds, the value of the cond will
be the
> value of the condition.  This is the last form evaluated, not the last of
> the body-forms evaluated (since none of the body-forms were evaluated).
> You can confirm this behavior by evaluating the following (the result will
> be 3):
> > (cond (3)(1 4))
> The current text actually leaves the value undefined for this case.  It is
> a useful case, and should be correctly documented.
> Perhaps something  like:
> > ...and the value of the last of body-forms, or, if there are no
> body-forms in the clause, the value of the condition, becomes the value of
> the cond.
> Bill (formerly address@hidden "Hi" to RMS if he's about)
Robert Musial - musial at gnu dot org - GPG key 533A1341
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