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On Jan 9, 2010, at 9:37 AM, David Kastrup wrote:

> It's one "wouldn't it be cool" after the other, and each one costs just
> a little.  And then we have the "wouldn't it be more consistent now"
> phase which just costs a little.  And then we are back to the "wouldn't
> it be cool" phase.

Lua seems to be pretty good at resisting the wouldn't it be cool ideas. They get floated and kicked around but rarely have the traction to result in a change.

The antibodies against wouldn't it be consistent also seem to be pretty strong though those ideas are probably more worthy of being weighed against their performance and compatibility costs.

What does bite on occasion are the issues of mechanisms not working as well as they need to. To the extent that the answer to many questions is "use proxy tables", we really need to understand what the limitations are of such tables as alternatives to regular tables and whether those limitations are reasonable. The fact that many standard features don't work with proxy tables is a weakness in the use proxy tables directive.