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- Subject: Re: New long comments in 5.1
- From: Jamie Webb <j@...>
- Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2004 12:45:12 +0100
On Sunday 20 June 2004 11:20, Jamie Webb wrote:
> On Sunday 20 June 2004 10:25, Philippe Lhoste wrote:
> > Perhaps it is a bit too much convoluted, with "complex" rules to
> > memorize, but at least it should satisfy most people, coping with most
> > cases.
> It is indeed rather convoluted. How exactly is this better than [**[ ...
> ]**] (bearing in mind that there can be zero stars)?
I am though in favour of C-style comments, which can be extended to ///* ...
*/// for the arbitrary content case. The advantages being that it's less
typing and avoids the ]] problem. I was going to suggest -# ... #- to keep
the symmetry with the existing Lua single-line comments (can't use *- because
it's valid Lua), but that would just be more unorthodox notation for little
For strings, /" ... "/ might be a possibility that fits the pattern. I realise
it's possible to divide a table by a string, but that's got to be pretty
rare; certainly rarer than ]] in Lua, or /* (divide by pointer dereference)
in C, and the latter has never seemed a particular burden.
-- Jamie Webb