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Subject:Re: Inc/decrement, vt. -Reply From:mpriestley -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM Date:Thu, 29 Sep 1994 10:52:02 EDT
Dan Dusing writes:
>To which I will also add that they are in the
>IBM Dictionary of Computing
>edited byGeorge McDaniel
>McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1994
Decrement is not listed as a verb.
Increment is not listed as a verb, except for certain specific contexts
(none of which apply to counters or registers.
The primary definition for each is:
Decrement: The quantity by which a variable is decreased.
Increment: A value used to alter a counter or register.
So it looks to me like IBM views them as nouns (which came as a surprise to
me). I think we're looking at the same edition here (10th Ed., Aug. '93,
for those in N. America, and International Ed., '94 for those outside) -
if I'm wrong on this, let me know.
mpriestley -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com
Disclaimer: speaking on my own behalf, not IBM's