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Re: require basic stuff from specific packages


From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: require basic stuff from specific packages
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 03:49:34 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)

Howard Melman <address@hidden> writes:

>> I think there should be an explicit method
>> for finding a thing which is denoted by
>> a term that is known, only not the exact
>> function (or variable) name, as in this
>> case: to trim a string is the conventional
>> designation, and `string-trim' is the
>> function - so far all good.
>
> Some of the manuals have a "concept index"
> for just this purpose.

I agree indexes of all flavors are great.
They are also easy and fun to do in LaTeX.
Here is an example how to do that - search for
"index" in the source (including the Makefile)
- see? not a lot of code!

    
http://user.it.uu.se/~embe8573/hs-linux/docs/report/final-30.pdf_data/153-final-30.pdf
    http://user.it.uu.se/~embe8573/hs-linux/docs/report/report.tex
    http://user.it.uu.se/~embe8573/hs-linux/docs/report/Makefile

> Both the emacs and elisp manuals do.

The Elisp manual in particular tho I strongly
suspect to be in Texinfo...

> I agree that it could be considered a bug
> that string trimming isn't indexed (or as
> I said, documented).

A bug is normally thought of as malfunctional
software, not incomplete information.

For practical reasons `report-emacs-bug' (and
associated functions) are also used to send
various suggestions how to improve different
things. So not all those things are "bugs" just
because the function name is what it is. I.e.:

    (defalias 'send-suggestion-to-emacs-developers 'report-emacs-bug)

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