English [en]  

Long options?

From: [email protected] To: [email protected]

In gnu.announce R M Stallman wrote:

`--' as a prefix, `-=' as a prefix, * How easy is it to type each of these alternatives.

In the beginning was the Unix and the Unix spoke and said "Hello world\n". Not did it say "Hello New Jersey\n", nor "Hello USA\n". But it said "Hello world\n". For the joy of good computing is not for USAmericans alone, but for the whole world to share. And the Unix saw that this was good.

And so says the holy manual, that a USAmerican keyboard layout has minus and equals, both unshifted, on two keys next to each other. But the book of internationalization of the holy manual says that so is not the case in some other countries. For example, says the book of internationalization, a Swedish keyboard has minus, unshifted, on the key corresponding to USAmerican slash, while the equals, on the same keyboard, is typed as a shifted digit zero.

Thus, teaches us the gospel, the sequence "-=" as a prefix for long options would be very hard for Swedish computer users (and many others world wide) to type.

* How error-prone are they.


* How esthetically clean are they.

Of course, the "long minus" ("--") is an ideal prefix for "long options". I congratulate the inventor of this idea and hope it wins. -- Lars Aronsson, Lysator computer club, Linkoping University, Sweden [email protected] Voice phone at home +46-13-17 2143

Other humor in the GNU Humor Collection.


The joke on this page was obtained from the FSF's email archives of the GNU Project.

The Free Software Foundation claims no copyright on this joke.


 [FSF logo] “The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users.”


招财蟾蜍APP 体坛网双色球基本走势图 重庆百变王牌直播 谁有赚钱路子的联系方式 选号器 万达二分彩开奖结果 彩票开奖河北十一选五开奖号码 北京11选5走势图top10 码头很赚钱 广西省福彩中心在哪 青海11选5开奖全部结果查询 最新的赚钱手游排行榜2015 今日体彩开奖直播 贵州11选5开奖视频 股票推荐 福彩中奖投注站返利 甘肃11选5前三直遗漏