Hi Nick and all,
Nick Dokos wrote:
> Thomas S. Dye wrote:
>> What is an ECM?
> I don't know how widespread it is in French-speaking milieus, but I
> Seb Vauban is responsible for introducing it into this mailing list (see
and its parent
> thread) and Nicolas Goaziou has perpetuated its use: it stands for
> Complet Minimal (= Minimal Complete Example). Between the two of them,
> they'll drag us all through remedial French class :-)
Yes, I think I am responsible for this viral marketing of using the term
here. It comes from the excellent FCTT newsgroup (french.comp.text.tex)
I must admit this term, when understood, is excellent for describing what
expect from people posting questions about troubles.
(Free) translation/explanation of the concept of "Exemple Complet Minimal":
When you encounter a problem, when Org does not output what you expect,
is essential to attach to the problem description an example of code
allows reproducing it. This example should be complete and minimal, if
possible, this is called ECM.
- Complete :: the example should be usable without adding a single
In particular, your Org files must contain the basic headers, the
SEQ_TODO customizations, etc., whatever is needed to reproduce the
- Minimal :: the example does not contain any redundant or useless
This implies that this is not your entire Org file of 300 pages. It
essential to remove all the things that are not necessary to
> Maybe it should go into the FAQ...
Could be, yes. Using the French acronym, or "inventing" MCE? I stand for