Re: Syntax

"Clive D.W. Feather" <clive@demon.net> Wed, 10 January 2007 16:35 UTC

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From: "Clive D.W. Feather" <clive@demon.net>
To: Frank Ellermann <nobody@xyzzy.claranet.de>
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Frank Ellermann said:
>>     q-escape    = %x5C.75 4HEXDIG / %x5C.55 8HEXDIG
> 
> <shudder />  I strongly recommend to defer such decisions
> for a future "Cosmogol"-bis.  Backslash-escapes are just
> too horrible.  If absolutely necessary &#x103456; is bad
> enough, and at least it's compatible with CHARMOD and XML.

I'm not going to die in the ditch over \u versus &#x. I'm simply concerned
that people will want to use & too often in "simple" state machines:

    Ready + REPLY -> WAITING : "Ring bell & sound horn";

If you can tell me your objection to backslash-escapes, perhaps we can find
an agreeable compromise.

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