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- Subject: Re: [ANN] Lua 5.2.0 (beta-rc1) now available
- From: Miles Bader <miles@...>
- Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:46:38 +0900
Jerome Vuarand <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> AFAICS, a keyword would be worse: besides the obvious problem of
>> messing up some peoples' programs, it would make labels significantly
>> less visible (no, highlighting by editors isn't sufficient), and we
>> _want_ labels to be highly visible.
> That "we" is not everybody. I for one don't want labels to be more
> visibel than other statements. The simple fact that they are usually
> indented differently makes them stand out, and an all lowercase short
> keyword is much more comfortable to read to some of us than an @.
[_will_ it usually be indented differently? the examples people have
given so far show "label foo" being used exactly like a normal Lua
statement, with the result labels pretty much disappear in to the code...]
The alternative to "label" is not necessarily "@"; the devs have already
shown themselves open to alternate suggestions.
Maybe something like ::label:: or :label: might be good -- very visible,
but still less "heavy feeling" than "@".
>> Even though Lua uses keywords in many places, it's certainly not
>> necessary that it use keywords for _everything_.
> It's not necessary, but IMHO consistency makes the language elegant.
Syntax "consistency" is often good -- but it is not the only factor to
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