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Re: [Chicken-hackers] [PATCH] Always quote symbols starting or ending wi

From: felix . winkelmann
Subject: Re: [Chicken-hackers] [PATCH] Always quote symbols starting or ending with a colon to ensure readability
Date: Mon, 27 May 2019 09:28:44 +0200

> On Sun, May 26, 2019 at 09:05:37PM +0200, address@hidden wrote:
> > >
> > > The attached patch ensures we write such identifiers as |:type-tests:|
> > > regardless of keyword style.  This way, it can also be read by any
> > > program, even if it uses a different keyword style than the writer.
> > >
> >
> > Ugh... How ugly. Is there no way around this? The "|" are only necessary
> > in "readable" mode, right?
> What do you mean by readable mode?  If you mean that it's only needed
> when you want to later use READ to read back the expression, then yes.
> For regular display it doesn't matter.

Yes, write vs display, that's what I meant.

> I don't see how it's a huge problem; one wouldn't need to write such
> symbols very often, and usually you have suffix style enabled, so the
> pipes are only unnecessary when the symbol only starts with a colon.
> When there's a colon on both ends or on the right side, you _have_ to
> pipe-quote it anyway, and we do already.

It's not a HUGE problem, just ugly. So I understand this only applies to 
Then it is a different story...


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