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bug #64355: [libdriver,gropdf] accept '-' as synonym for '_' in directive names

Submitter:  G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
Submitted:  Tue 27 Jun 2023 06:37:12 AM UTC
Category:  General Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  Feature change Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  None
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Tue 27 Jun 2023 06:37:12 AM UTC, original submission:  

I find it clumsy that multi-word directive names in device and font description files use '_' instead of '-' to separate words.  Perhaps this is because I don't subscribe to the sermon preached by many C language programmers that everything in the world should look like C.

This would pleasantly pave the way for some modest reforms like 'thin-space-width' and 'hair-space-width' (see comment #6 of bug #55154) and synonymous alternate spellings of existing directives.  Consider 'paper-format', 'size-scale', 'has-t-command', 'unit-width' (maybe this one should have a more distinct and communicative synonym, like 'design-size' [but see grodvi(1) :-/ ]), and 'space-width'.

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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