RE: Terminology question: Deprecated function

Subject: RE: Terminology question: Deprecated function
From: "Haas, Guy" <ghaas -at- selectica -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 09:40:52 -0700

Sorry, but it's pretty standard in the industry. The first
I encountered it was in the world of U.S. federal programming
language standards. The COBOL standard for 1974 included certain
functionalities that were replaced by others in, say, the 1985
standard. At that time, the 1985 standard described the old
functionalities as "deprecated" and this meant that, though they
were still supposed to be available in COBOL implementations that
claimed standards conformance, they should not be used because
the next standard was expected not to include them.

--Guy K. Haas gkhaas -at- usa -dot- net
Software Exegete in Silicon Valley

-----Original Message-----
From: Stern, Geoff [mailto:GStern -at- NetSilicon -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2001 7:06 AM
Subject: Terminology question: Deprecated function

De-lurking to pose a terminology question:

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.

Any suggestions for an alternative that's fairly laconic?


Geoff Stern

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