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Re: Deprecated (was When is it too much information?)
Subject:Re: Deprecated (was When is it too much information?) From:Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au> To:Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:29:13 +0800 (WST)
Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> said:
> The term is perfect for documentation read by programmers,
> but users are not likely to understand it.
True. I can just about picture using this term in end-user docs, but it would have to be defined clearly on the spot. For example, in a table showing fields or features supported in different versions of a product, there might be a column or symbol to indicate 'supported but deprecated', but there would have to be a footnote or at the very least a glossary entry explaining what that means.
>From : "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
> As I recall, the term "deprecated" has been in use for decades
> in the software-standards business. Here is some research. ..
Great catch or series of catches, Peter. Interesting to see the word used in the modern sense in documents from the 1890s.
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