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> That and # for comments are the two most annoying things about Lua
> (historically I guess there wasn't the consensus about notation we have
> today). They could both be introduced as alternatives quite happily

I'd love to see that as well.

> (though my preference would be to see the existing forms deprecated).

Python has exactly the same issue. While <> is obsoleted, it's still
there for compatibility purposes.

Gustavo Niemeyer