luis at anachreon.co.uk
Thu Oct 25 06:11:35 EDT 2007
I agree, it does seem fairly inconsistent.
On 24 Oct 2007, at 21:36, François Chaplais wrote:
> revolution's documentation is bad mainly because the syntax of
> Transcript has departed from the natural english approach of Bill
> Atkinson to more a conventional one like function(arg1,arg2) etc...
> Frankly, I appreciate to be able to "lock objects" instead of "set
> the lockWhetever to true".
> I recently had a look at the video library, and I find it awfully
> complicated to remember all of these RevBit1Bit2 keywords: in some
> commands, "Video" comes just after "Rev", in others "Video" comes
> in third or fourth position: this smells ill assimilated externals.
> The rev team should start thinking about updating the language and
> the parser. For instance revVideoGrabDialog could be synomym with
> "get Video Dialog" or "answer Video" like "answer file" etc...
> Revolution advertises its language as being "natural english"; they
> should be careful it remains true. This means more reserved words,
> but not many. On the other hand, if one consider that "grab" for
> instance, should be a keyword, it should be usable with as many
> kinds of objects as possible. This is how the language can be
> merciful (and hence "natural"): by allowing several formulations
> for the same meaning.
> Francois Chaplais
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