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Re: Dumb Dumb Question

Liam Gumley <Liam.Gumley@ssec.wisc.edu> writes:
> "When calling a routine with a keyword parameter, you can abbreviate the
> keyword to its shortest, unambiguous abbrevation".
> Cheers,
> Liam.

I have been bitten by this alot.  I have often wanted to have keywords
like TIME, TIMEBIN, TIMECOL in the same procedure.  For some reason
it's perfectly legal to compile such a procedure, but I can never use
the "TIME" keyword because it's ambiguous.

I would much prefer that the IDL byte compiler would issue a *warning*
when an ambiguity like that appears.  I think that when a procedure is
called with "TIME=xxx", and that exact keyword exists, then there
should be no ambiguity.


Craig B. Markwardt, Ph.D.         EMAIL: craigmnet@astrog.physics.wisc.edu
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