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Re: FOO and BAR

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 08:07:38 -0800
Cc: Gregor Hagedorn <G.Hagedorn@BBA.DE>, www-validator@w3.org
To: Lloyd Wood <L.Wood@eim.surrey.ac.uk>
Message-Id: <E96E9BC6-556D-11D7-82C8-000393D9E692@idyllmtn.com>

On Thursday, March 13, 2003, at 04:18 AM, Lloyd Wood wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Mar 2003, Gregor Hagedorn wrote:
>> What is foo and bar? Can you add a definition of these to the help
>> file?
> no, I should think.
But Gregor brings up a good point.

Use of "FOO" and "BAR" is bad technical writing and should be avoided.
They're just above the idea of injokes -- jargon for (some) programmers
which is completely opaque to anyone not in the know.

I don't know how or why the Validator uses "FOO" or "BAR", but the terms
should be dropped.


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