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From Manoj Kasichainula <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Add '+' and '-' to IndexOptions keywords
Date Fri, 25 Sep 1998 19:52:10 GMT
On Fri, Sep 25, 1998 at 03:28:02PM -0400, Rodent of Unusual Size wrote:
> One other semantic diference: if a keyword appears
> without a '+' or '-' prefix, it totally clears any
> existing incremental changes and sets the options to
> that keyword.  Subsequent keywords with prefixes
> go into the add/remove buckets until the next unprefixed
> keyword appears.  That is, these are equivalent:
>  IndexOptions +IconsAreLinks +SuppressLastModified FancyIndexing
>     and
>  IndexOptions FancyIndexing

The concept is good, but I have a feeling that these semantics will be
confusing to users. And the last thing anyone needs is more PRs in the
bugdb. (I feel your pain Marc, I don't know how you deal with it)

It would be easy for a user to see

IndexOptions +IconsAreLinks SuppressLastModified FancyIndexing

And think that this will add IconsAreLinks, SuppressLastModified, and
FancyIndexing to the list of options.

Of course, the Options directive can be confusing in similar ways, so
it might not be a big deal.

Manoj Kasichainula - manojk at io dot com -
"Would you die for The One?"
"I wouldn't get pizza for the one. That ain't my job." - J.M. Straczynski

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