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Re: Am I stupid?

Colin Rosenthal wrote:
> pro stupid,a=a,a1=a1
> print,'a=',a
> print,'a1=',a1
> end
> IDL> stupid,a=1,a1=2
> % Ambiguous keyword abbreviation: A.
> so is there a sensible way around this? What I'm actually trying to
> do is to have a keyword AXISCOLOR in a routine that also accepts
> the AX keyword. I know I could call it something different but am I
> just being a whiny luser if I think the above code should work
> as is?


According to the IDL documentation:

"Keywords can be abbreviated to their shortest unique length"

In your case, the keyword AX precludes the use of another keyword which
begins with the letters "AX". A good rule of thumb is to make the first
3 characters of each keyword unique.

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