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On Feb 8, 2013, at 9:37 AM, Michael Richter <> wrote:

On 9 February 2013 00:11, William Sumner <> wrote:
> Programming language design is not fashion.
But it is a user interface for developers. If something is confusing, unusual, or difficult to type because it's missing on some keyboards, it's worth some thought.

You mean like {…}? 

No, just the inequality operator, which is unique to Lua compared to most other popular programming languages. It's not a major issue, but I certainly don't think it's something that's not worth discussing at all.

This list goes on and on and on without end.  When it's possible at all for many keyboard layouts, it's a wrist-twisting torture.  Therefore, by your logic, we should be lobbying for C, C++, Java, C#, Tcl, etc. etc. etc. to be changing their syntax.

I don't know why one would lobby for those other languages to change their brace characters since this is the Lua mailing list, and brace characters aren't the topic of conversation.