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bug#30217: Ambiguity in NEWS in emacs-26.0.91


From: Ista Zahn
Subject: bug#30217: Ambiguity in NEWS in emacs-26.0.91
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 17:14:12 -0500


On Feb 2, 2018 4:39 PM, "Drew Adams" <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Sorry, but it's not clear to me.  Is this being abandoned
> > completely (I hope so), or is it just being postponed to
> > Emacs 27?
>
> It's currently only postponed to Emacs 27, I suggest you bring it up
> in emacs-devel if you think we should get rid of it. Since we simply
> disagree about this, I don't think further dialogue here will help
> anything.

I think you should bring it up, and I think you should have
from the beginning.  This is not just about fixing a bug.

You're the one who is, in effect, proposing a change to Lisp.

This is not normal Lisp behavior.  This is a far cry from
quote and backquote, comma and period, all of which are quite
traditional for Lisp.

These are ordinary symbol-constituent characters, and should
not be handled in the way you've implemented.  (I wanted to
say "suggested", but you didn't suggest it to emacs-devel;
you just implemented it - in a bug thread, no less.)

I'm nobody in this community, but in case it means anything I agree completely with Drew. This isn't a bug fix, but a language change that needs to be carefully thought out and discussed.




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