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Hans Aberg <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 2 Jan 2000 23:41:46 +0100
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At 22:15 +0100 2000/01/02, Frank Mittelbach wrote:
>Some time ago James (i think) remarked that one important aspect of
>the template mechanism is to come up with sensible names for the
>keywords. This is certainly true and unfortunately far from easy.
>I've just found some notes written late last century on possible

And probably late last millenium, too. :-)


I will try to be frank, too, even though it sometimes can be hard. :-)

>Key name suffixes:
> -sep:          "length" specifying a separation between two points
> -height:       "length" specifying a height of some object
> -width:        "length" specifying a <guess> :-) of some object
> -id:           abstract "name" for some object or for some action
>                Type is n

I can note that all suffix names are complete English words, except -sep.
If one is inconsistent in this respect, names can be difficult to remember.
(As everybody knows, "id" is the primitive undifferentiated part of the
psychic apparatus that reacts blindly on a pleasure pain-level, and was the
downfall of the Krells in the movie "Forbidden Planet".)

-- Just some the "millennium-after" comments.