Use of abbreviations in scripts

Dar Scott dsc at
Sat Oct 14 23:17:33 EDT 2006

On Oct 14, 2006, at 8:38 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> Abbreviations are well documented in the Dictionary so I feel  
> confident using them liberally, even in code for clients and in  
> published libraries.   Abbreviations are a useful feature of  
> xTalks, and since they have benefit for the user I see no harm and  
> some good in helping share awareness of the benefit of that feature.

I seems that one would lose the "English-like" qualities of xTalk  
when using abbreviations.  Maybe "English-like" is only a crutch for  
new script writers and eventually it becomes an arbitrary language.

I practiced a little in some dummy scripts and it will take a while  
before the average time for typing 'cd' is less than typing 'card'.   
I make a lot of typos when using 'cd'.  I can see that in the best  
cases 'cd' is faster, so there is some promise there.

Reading will take some practice.  I skim over sections of scripts  
quickly and the English words help.


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