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Re: Raw string literals in Emacs lisp.

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Raw string literals in Emacs lisp.
Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2014 11:14:08 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4.50 (gnu/linux)

Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> writes:

> Hello, Ted.
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 04:54:43PM -0400, Ted Zlatanov wrote:
>> ....., I just want a simple syntax for literal data :)
>> How about using a Unicode character as the marker? (prepares for stoning)
> OK, it's taken time, and nobody else looks like they're about to do it,
> so I will cast the first stone.
> NO, NO, NO, NO!  The only Unicode characters to be used in Emacs are
> those that are also ASCII characters, with a tiny number of essential
> exceptions (for example, the non-European characters in the sentence-end
> regexp, and, of course, people's names in comments).
> A Non-ASCII character is difficult to type for most people.  Not all
> setups can display it.  Adopting such a character would mean a lot of
> work for a lot of people.
> And using such characters as delimiters would introduce yet one more
> incompatibility with XEmacs which, Stephen informs us, uses #r"..." for
> raw strings.  Why not just adapt that convention?  Easy to type, easy to
> read, easy to parse.

Easy to parse?

r#"?\" is a complete string.  How do you parse it backwards?

David Kastrup

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