Use of abbreviations in scripts

Dar Scott dsc at swcp.com
Sat Oct 14 21:10:07 EDT 2006


I fully recognize that there are different creation styles and what  
works for one might not work for another.  I am curious about  
abbreviations, though.

I sometimes take shortcuts in scripts but for the most part, if it is  
an example on this list or a script for someone else or I might look  
at it again, I try to avoid scripts that are hard to read.

I get the impressions that lots of folks use abbreviations.

I didn't realize this at first and in learning to use Revolution I  
ending up abbreviating only two places (I think).  I abbreviate  
'char' and--since I have trouble remembering color properties--I  
might sometimes use a color property that is an abbreviation.  (My  
abbreviation of 'char' has nothing to do with C.)  Maybe I abbreviate  
other places but don't know it.  For me, 'card' and 'graphic' are  
easier to read and type than 'cd' and 'grc'.  I saw a 'grc' once in a  
script and didn't know what it was.

I am curious.  Is this so the text editor window can be narrower or  
expressions longer?  Is this kind of a club recognition signal?  Is  
this easier to type for those who use these.  I suppose I could get  
used to typing and reading them, so I don't want to make too big of a  
deal about their being harder to read and type.  What about scripts  
delivered to a customer?

Have I just indicated that I'm not a true xTalker, uh, card-head or  
whatever one is?

Dar
A curious guy





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