[mercury-users] "Parameter" vs "argument"

Peter Schachte schachte at cs.mu.OZ.AU
Mon Oct 11 13:33:54 AEST 2004

On Mon, 2004-10-11 at 11:29, Ralph Becket wrote:
> I've taken up writing the Mercury tutorial book again.  So far I have
> used `parameter' to mean "variable appearing in the head of a clause (or
> type definition)" and `argument' to mean "value appearing in a goal (or
> instance of a type)"

How about using "formal parameter" and "actual parameter," but say that
you'll use the word "argument" for both (as well as for constituents of
a compound term) when the intention is clear from context?

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