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From: "Kenneth Forsbäck" <>
Does anyone have any snippet of lua code, modified lua, or something else that would allow me to use C-esque syntax, lua is starting to hurt my eyes.
I could say the same about C giving me a headache, <grin>.

The extremely clean English-like syntax is one of the very reasons why I like Lua to begin with, though by no means the only, or the most significant one. This is a bit of a special case, but it just goes to show that needs may be different. I'm programming with a screen reader producing synthetic speech, so in that context Lua is so much easier to parse mentally. Consider the expressions:

Lua: while true do
C: for(;;) {


Lua: while true do
C: for left paren semi colon semi colon right paren left brace

And some more:

Lua: if not x then x = y end
C: if(! x) { x = y; }

Their meaning is slightly different (0 being true in Lua), but still. Spoken:

Lua: if not x then x equals y end
C: if left paren exclamation x right paren left brace x equals y semi colon right brace Oh yeah, and I don't even want to mention explicit dereferencing and function pointers.

At the end of the day it is not about syntax. I can even tolerate Emacs Lisp spoken out loud programmatically, with heavy use of line breaks and ending comments, that is.

Hope this gives you a different perspective. Though mind you this is the special case of programming legally blind.

With kind regards Veli-Pekka Tätilä
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