Is it Python or is it C ?

Steve Holden sholden at
Sun Mar 12 17:58:10 CET 2000

All of which goes to show that there will bever be an adequate
substitute for the pain of intensive proofreading.  And even
*then* bugs will slip in to documentation.


"Philip 'Yes, that's my address' Newton" wrote:
> On Thu, 09 Mar 2000 23:15:51 GMT, Charles Hixson
> <charleshixsn at> wrote:
> >So (Pascal,
> >I believe) programmers started telling their editors and copy-readers - put it
> >EXACTLY as I have listed it.  Don't move the punctuation.  So...
> >print "What do you want, NOW?"
> Nice example I saw somewhere: imagine a sentence from a 'vi'
> documentation that reads "Then delete a line by typing 'dd'." . If the
> editor "optimises" this to "Then delete a line by typing 'dd.'" (moving
> the dot inside the quotes), the newbie might type "dd." and delete *two*
> lines :-) ('.' repeats the last command in vi).
> Cheers,
> Philip
> --
> Philip Newton <nospam.newton at>

"If computing ever stops being fun, I'll stop doing it"

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