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Re: CVS update: subversion/subversion/client status.c trace-update.c

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_galois.collab.net>
Date: 2001-01-24 17:28:27 CET

Branko =?ISO-8859-2?Q?=C8ibej?= <brane@xbc.nu> writes:
> > Log:
> > Use underscore instead of hyphen to signify no-ops in status and
> > update. The dash looked too much like a minus sign, as though it were
> > negating whatever was to its right.
> $ ls -l
> -rw-r--r-- foo bar 13 15 Jan 00:00 bla
> "Oh, I'm not allowed to read or write bla."
> :-)
> Seriously, I wonder if your argument is valid. Personally I'd prefer a
> dash to an underscore, and it's much more visible, especially when you
> can expect to have an uppercase letter in the next line.

Can you give it a try the underscore way first and see if you get used
to it?

The reason I ask for this is: Ben and I recently gave a demo of the
command-line client interactive test suite to a roomful of engineers,
and the dashes actually *did* cause confusion for people, including
even -- momentarily -- myself! So I think there's real evidence that
people will interpret it as a minus sign.

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