[racket-dev] guidelines on error messages -- please send feedback

From: Jon Rafkind (rafkind at cs.utah.edu)
Date: Fri Jun 3 15:12:46 EDT 2011

Somewhat offtopic but could the *SL languages use levenshtien distances
to find symbolically related variables? clang (a c++ compiler) does this
and I find it immensely useful.

Error: `foodar' not found, did you mean 'foobar' ?

On 06/03/2011 11:21 AM, Shriram Krishnamurthi wrote:
> Guillaume, Kathi and I have created a set of guidelines for writing
> error messages for *SL.  For consistency, these guidelines need to be
> used also by authors of libraries including Teachpacks, etc.  These
> guidelines are currently being applied to all the error messages in
> *SL in the core distribution.
> Please review these guidelines and let us know if anything is
> unclear.  We'd like to hear back from you within a week, by
> Fri, June 10
> We have had to compromise on the description a little to make
> everything fit into a small number of pages, which we did because we
> really do hope people will print these out and put them on the wall or
> next to their monitor to refer to while writing code.  Therefore,
> lengthy descriptions are out.
> In particular, rationale is also out.  If you are curious about the
> rationales for any of these things, please do ask.
> After this is settled next week, we will send this to users@ and also
> to edu@ to tell instructors to follow these terms.
> Thanks,
> Shriram
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