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Not quite true. These languages don't have such 'syntatic sugar' things.
IMHO, if a.b is just a syntatic sugar for a["b"] it must work exactly the
same way.

with respect,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Roberto Ierusalimschy" <>
To: "Lua list" <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: Reserved keywords

> > Is it really necessary that the parser complains about the use
> > of reserved keywords  in case of foo.<keyword> or
> > foo:<keyword> type syntax?
> I wouldn't say that it is "really necessary", but it is how it works in
> virtually all languages that have reserved words (C, C++, Java, Pascal,
> Ada, etc.)
> -- Roberto