[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Add ADPCM codec long_names

The Wanderer inverseparadox
Fri May 16 13:16:41 CEST 2008

Diego Biurrun wrote:

> On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 06:08:24PM -0400, The Wanderer wrote:
>> Aurelien Jacobs wrote:
>>> Stefano Sabatini wrote:
>>>> Hi, as in subject,
>>>> please especially maintainers comment on the choice of the
>>>> long_name for your maintained codecs.
>>>> +ADPCM_DECODER(CODEC_ID_ADPCM_SBPRO_2, adpcm_sbpro_2, "Sound Blaster Pro 2 ADPCM");
>>> Sound Blaster Pro 2 bits ADPCM
>> To be properly grammatical, this should be "2-bit" - similarly
>> below.
> Why not simply "2 bit"?

The standard attempt at a rationale would be: to indicate grouping, so
that there is not the possibility of the single grammatical unit "Sound
Blaster Pro 2". (This is not perfectly and unambiguously extensible to
indicate grouping of larger sequences of words, but that's no surprise
given that English is a naturally-developed language rather than a
devised one.)

In practice, however, it really is merely "because that's how English
works"; the above is just a guess at *why* English works that way.

       The Wanderer

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