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From: Jon Steinhart <jon@fourwinds.com>
To: tuhs@minnie.tuhs.org
Subject: Re: [TUHS] TeX and groff (was: roff(7))
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 09:53:28 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <202201121753.20CHrSDp2410765@darkstar.fourwinds.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20220112103823.A4DCB1F939@orac.inputplus.co.uk>

Ralph Corderoy writes:
> Hi Jon,
>
> > I never understood "interpolating a register" to have any relation to
> > the definition of interpolate that I learned in math.
>
> The first definition makes sense of it:
>
>     1. (transitive, intransitive) To introduce (something) between other
>     things; especially to insert (possibly spurious) words into a text.
>
>         in verse 74, the second line is clearly interpolated
>
>     2. (mathematics) To estimate the value of a function between two
>     tabulated points.
>
>     3. (computing) During the course of processing some data, and in
>     response to a directive in that data, to fetch data from a different
>     source and process it in-line along with the original data. 
>
>         ― https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/interpolate
>
> -- 
> Cheers, Ralph.

Yeah, I looked it up too.  Yes, the argument can be made that one of the
definitions can be forced to sort of fit; I'm guessing that #3 didn't
exist when troff was written.  So I'm gonna stick to my point that using
that word is awkward and makes the document a bit harder to understand.
Especially in the context of programming languages, of which troff is one.
To the best of my knowledge, nobody talks about "a = b;" as interpolating b.

  reply	other threads:[~2022-01-12 17:53 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 45+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-12  2:49 Jon Steinhart
2022-01-12 10:38 ` Ralph Corderoy
2022-01-12 17:53   ` Jon Steinhart [this message]
2022-01-12 18:27     ` G. Branden Robinson
2022-01-12 19:02       ` John Cowan
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2022-01-13 17:31 Douglas McIlroy
2022-01-11 13:37 Nelson H. F. Beebe
2022-01-10 21:12 Bakul Shah
2022-01-10 21:06 Jon Steinhart
2022-01-11 11:06 ` Ralph Corderoy
2022-01-11 14:52   ` John Cowan
2021-12-31 15:47 [TUHS] roff(7) Douglas McIlroy
2021-12-31 23:07 ` George Michaelson
2021-12-31 23:40   ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-01  0:56     ` [TUHS] TeX and groff (was: roff(7)) Greg 'groggy' Lehey
2022-01-01  3:15       ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-10 19:00         ` Blake McBride
2022-01-10 20:21           ` Jon Forrest
2022-01-11 22:48             ` Blake McBride
2022-01-11 23:18               ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-12  1:19                 ` Dave Horsfall
2022-01-12  1:46                 ` Blake McBride
2022-01-12  2:12                 ` Bakul Shah
2022-01-12 15:49                   ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-12 16:22                     ` Adam Thornton
2022-01-12  0:06               ` Jon Steinhart
2022-01-12  1:48                 ` Blake McBride
2022-01-12  0:29               ` Nemo Nusquam
2022-01-12  1:53                 ` Blake McBride
     [not found]               ` <E3CC4B8A-4E88-4339-A4D3-4ED26BA80620@gmail.com>
2022-01-12  0:44                 ` Jon Forrest
2022-01-12  2:00                   ` Blake McBride
2022-01-12  2:10                     ` David Arnold
2022-01-12  2:26                       ` Adam Thornton
2022-01-12 19:54                     ` John Cowan
2022-01-13 10:13                       ` Thomas Paulsen
2022-01-13 20:00                         ` John Cowan
2022-01-10 20:33           ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-10 20:37             ` Richard Salz
2022-01-10 21:04               ` Dan Cross
2022-01-10 21:48                 ` Nemo Nusquam
2022-01-11  2:25                 ` Lyndon Nerenberg (VE7TFX/VE6BBM)
2022-01-11  2:47                   ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-12  1:19             ` Mary Ann Horton
2022-01-12  2:03               ` Blake McBride
2022-01-12  2:10               ` Bakul Shah
2022-01-12  3:44                 ` Dan Cross
2022-01-12 16:48               ` Steffen Nurpmeso
2022-01-10 20:46           ` Steffen Nurpmeso

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