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Re: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature ofEmacs?


From: Cthun
Subject: Re: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature ofEmacs?
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:28:19 -0500
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On 27/02/2011 3:08 AM, David Kastrup wrote:
Cthun <address@hidden> writes:
Oh, really? I for one cannot recall ever seeing a version 1.5 of a
novel or a version 2.0 of a magazine article.

Well, I've been responsible for the typesetting software for "Die
Kritische Gesamtausgabe der Werke von Ernst Troeltsch"
[anecdote trimmed]

So definitely there were various versions of the same article published.

But that's not the same thing as software versioning, or anywhere close.

The gestation of both articles and novels is rarely linear.

True enough. But it is also not going to fit especially well to what systems designed for software revision control do. There is a single long piece of text rather than lots of interacting software modules, for one thing; there are no builds or library dependencies or bug reports or feature requests. There's also a point where it's actually *finished*, while software is never finished and has many successive versions released, each fixing the bugs in the previous and adding new features.

In short there's almost nothing of what source code control systems are actually there for. If you want to be able to recover deleted material you use strikethru (and delete anything still in strikethru when it's done) or cut it and save it to a clippings file or something.


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