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Re: ?\_ patch

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: ?\_ patch
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 08:28:47 -0500
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On Fri, Feb 07, 2003 at 03:17:33PM +0100, Kim F. Storm wrote:
> > > I really don't like the wierd double identity of ?\s, but I'm not sure
> > > what alternative there is... Perhaps kim's idea (?\SPC), but with a less
> > > ambiguous syntax, e.g., #\SPC or something.
> > 
> > Ah!  I completely forgot about `#' syntax.  I think it's a
> > good idea.
> I don't object to it, but I think it is unnecessary.
> Why add a whole new syntax just because we need ?\s which can be added
> with no hazzle at all?

Because #\SPC is actually pretty self-explanatory whereas ?\s isn't.

> If everyone else agrees this is a good idea, I'd suggest
> using #?SPC, #?TAB, etc.

I thought about that too, but I think #\SPC is better, because the `\' leaves
a bit of whitespace between itself and the following character so the `SPC'
stands out quite distinctly.  `?' on the other isn't visually distinct, so
#?SPC looks like a bit of a muddle.

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