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2011/6/14 Lorenzo Donati <>
On 14/06/2011 0.32, Roberto Ierusalimschy wrote:
If the start character must be something unused in Lua, there are
few alternatives among ASCII: #, $, |,&, ?, !, `.

Actually it can be a new token, as Tony suggested. For instance, Ada
uses the syntax<<label>>.

Probably the best bets are # and $, since the other may better serve
as operators in Lua 9.5 :-P :-)

Should<<  and>>  be reserved for 9.5? :)

-- Roberto

goto continue

Well, much better than @continue: (the more I see that colon, the more I hate it. I really feel it doesn't belong there).

If colons have to be used, I think


is much better and doesn't clash with future uses as operator (well, not counting the C++ static scope operator, or however it is called).

It is symmetric and bulky. It doesn't misleadingly point backwards or forwards. Clearly marks a point in the code and, well, it brings to mind a real label or price tag!

Or, makes goto jumps into a local variable's scope:

for i = 1, 10 do
    if i % 2 == 0 then goto continue end
    local continue

is that OK?