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On 2013-02-12 10:37 AM, "Michael Richter" <> wrote:
> On 12 February 2013 00:57, William Sumner <> wrote:
>> I think it's a little inaccurate to portray it as a "bikeshedding" debate, as if syntax is a solved problem and any discussion of it is off-limits.
> I don't think it's very much, if any at all, beyond a bike shed debate.  Syntax is, for all practical purposes a solved problem.  Syntax is largely, past a certain point of expressiveness, utterly unimportant.  Semantics rules the day.
> People saying it's too hard to remember ~= over != are arguing the colour of the bike shed and nothing beyond that, IMO.

Well, the original complaint wasn't "~= is hard to remember, != isn't" but "my keyboard doesn't have ~, it'd be nice to support the also-common != syntax as an alternative". It's an accessibility issue, so that seems a little more important than bike shedding.