[PD-dev] Re: Restructuring of CVS/externals
hans at eds.org
Sun Feb 5 20:34:51 CET 2006
On Feb 5, 2006, at 6:26 AM, Frank Barknecht wrote:
> Mathieu Bouchard hat gesagt: // Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
>> Why did algebra switched to a very terse notation during the 16th
>> and that, for most purposes, scientists and engineers haven't looked
>> much ?
>> I mean, why did geometers start to write "a²+b²=h²" instead of writing
>> "the square of the length of the adjacent side plus the square of the
>> length of the opposed side equals the square of the length of the long
>> side" like they used to do ?
> I must admit, reading "trigger bang anything bang" in a patch to my
> eyes much looks like "the square of the length of ..." and I really
> have problems following such patches as quickly as I can follow the
> more common usual [t b a b].
I think that's more a matter of what you are used to. Personally, I
avoid abbreviations whenever possible, and I find it much more
readible. Oftentimes, I need to stretch out big [trigger]s, so the long
names help with that.
I like a "bang" to always read "bang", or a "float" to always read
"float", like here:
None of these work as [trigger b] or [trigger f] does:
So it seems to be that the [trigger] abbrevations are a bit of a kludge.
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