Re: Terminology question: Deprecated function

Subject: Re: Terminology question: Deprecated function
From: "Dana Worley" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 12:50:52 -0600

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.

Who is your audience? Many others here claim to have heard the
term used widely. I am not a software engineer, though I work
closely with engineers when documenting software, and I've never
heard of a "deprecated function". It sounds like the poor little
function is being undervalued, belittled.

I prefer "obsolete".

Dana W.

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