[J3] Suggested editorial change

Malcolm Cohen malcolm at nag-j.co.jp
Mon Jul 20 20:31:37 EDT 2020

Hi folks,


Thanks for the feedback.


For multiple forms, I’d probably go for putting both forms on the same line when they fit (as they probably would for SUM, for example), and splitting them otherwise. The existing text has “or” between each form, so  I might retain that, e.g.  beginning the follow-on line with “or”. We’ll see how it comes out.


I was intending to hyperlink the names as a matter of course... I generally insert hyperlinks when editing (virtually no papers say anything about hyperlinking, leaving it entirely up to me).


I agree with Steve that this is a summary table, YAML would be inappropriate.




..............Malcolm Cohen, NAG Oxford/Tokyo.


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I am in favor of the two-column approach. I also very much like Bill's suggestion to make the procedure names links for the reasons stated. For procedures that have multiple argument list forms, I would list each one separately.


I am not in favor of the YAML approach here - this level of detail properly belongs with each individual procedure description.




On 7/19/2020 2:48 AM, Malcolm Cohen via J3 wrote:

I was just looking at Table 16.1, as one does, and wincing at the ugly continuation lines sometimes due to a long intrinsic name and other times due to a long argument list, and wondering if it would look better than instead of

*	Four columns “Procedure”, “Arguments”, “Class”, “Description”

we had

*	Three columns “Procedure (arguments)”, “Class”, “Description”


I tried it out just on the SELECTED_whatever_KIND intrinsics, and indeed it eliminated the ugly continuations, at the (minor?) cost of no longer having the argument lists all line up.


I’m sure it would not eliminate all continuations, but...


...what do people think? Does this sound like a good idea?


For most entries this is easy – it just takes deleting the first ampersand on the line, but entries that would still be continued may need a bit of extra work to make the continuation indented. So maybe an hour or so of editing time, depending on how fussy I get about the look of the result.


Of course we could go back to the original format if people decide after seeing it that they don’t like it after all.


Any and all comments welcome.




..............Malcolm Cohen, NAG Oxford/Tokyo.





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