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January 17, 2015
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W Pirkle
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A Synth Book reader from Switzerland corrected a typo where I guessed that the Hungarian notation "k" preceding constant value declarations in VST was due to the German "konstante" -- this should be "Konstante" since nouns use capital letters.

Petzold's Programming Windows book does not list constant = "k" but it does list char = "c" so the "c" was already taken. Constants in that book were ALL_CAPS.

Poking around the internet does produce several pages speculating that the "k" is indeed from the German work for constant, but I could not find definitive proof either way...

In any event, the fact that VST was invented by a German company is irrelevant, and was not the origin of the "k" for constant.


June 8, 2016
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Maybe the prefix k is choosen because of Mr. Steinberg's first name: Karl 😉

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