I'm designing some programming code, and the language is an important piece of making it easy for readers of the design to understand the context and intent of the code.
In particular, I'm looking for a negative complement to the word
when in the context below.
Reading the code in the positive with "when", it would be interpreted along the lines of the following:
"when" condition -> wait until the condition becomes true/is satisfied then do something
"when" true -> do something
"when" false -> wait
The word "when" describes to the reader both the waiting and conditional triggering (once) of an action upon a condition being met.
The complement is a mystery word/portmanteau "X", ought to describe the same but with the conditional logically inverted:
"X" true -> wait
"X" false -> do something
Here are some possible options for what X might be, for thought:
So for an example, suppose there's a condition "temperature", that's either hot or cold, and we want to trigger when it is not cold, here's my best thought on how they'd be roughly written/interpreted to/from English:
The temperature, "whenNot" cold, we do something The temperature, "whenNoLonger" cold, we do something The temperature, "untilNot" cold, we do something
The one that strikes me as the most appropriate innate description is
whenNoLonger, but a simpler, shorter alternative would be ideal.
Do any good succinct alternatives come to mind?
Edit Adding on the helpful comments I've garnered some ideas.
One option may be heretofore or hitherto, adverbs meaning essentially "before this time; until now." So "the temperature, before this time cold, we now do something". It's old englishy but otherwise seems apt.
One might also use thus far but there's no guarantee that the condition of "not cold" is not immediately met (i.e. "thus far" presumes or might indicate a history of state, that may not actually be known)