Re: Terminology question: Deprecated function

Subject: Re: Terminology question: Deprecated function
From: "Mark Moloney" <mmoloney -at- network365 -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 17:37:02 +0100

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stern, Geoff" <GStern -at- NetSilicon -dot- com>
> Our software engineers have been using the term
> "deprecated function" to mean a function that has been
> (and still is) fully supported but will not be supported in
> some future version (usually the next one or so).
> None of us -- engineers or writers -- likes this term,
> although it seems to be widespread usage in API
> documentation.

I don't mind "deprecated" myself, because I like the way it sounds so
disapproving. Also, as you said, it's widespread in API documentation (and
any programming documentation) and therefore should be understood (or at
least recognised) by your audience (I'm making assumptions; forgive me).
But, I will suggest:

1. Doomed
2. Lapsing (or elapsing)
3. Senile
4. Expiring
5. Outmoded

And, although I like no.1, I can't see myself using any of them.

/ Mark Moloney
Somewhere in Ireland (but not for much longer)

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