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Re: require basic stuff from specific packages

From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: require basic stuff from specific packages
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:11:31 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)

Drew Adams <address@hidden> writes:

> Neither the Emacs manual nor the Elisp manual
> documents all commands, let alone all
> functions, that are useful. (And libraries
> are typically not mentioned as such.)
> It's always a judgment call what to put in
> a manual, but there will always be tons of
> functions and variables that cannot (and in
> most cases should not) be documented in
> the manuals.
> This one is essentially a utility function.
> If it were autoloaded then it would be
> relatively easy to discover using completion:
> `C-h f string TAB'. (And if you have a better
> completion system you can also use `C-h
> f trim TAB'.)
> If you think that a particular thing (e.g.
> function) should be documented in the manual,
> the way to get your voice heard is to file
> a bug report (aka enhancement request): `M-x
> report-emacs-bug'. Likewise, if you would
> like to suggest that such a function
> be autoloaded.

I think it is probably better to focus on the
methods and structure of the problem than on
particular data items, but yes, one can do
that, for sure.

I agree a manual as in a text item isn't going
to solve it, perhaps a SQL database (and a web
interface) with every single Elisp function
(name, argument list, docstring, and location)
would be better...

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