Thus spake Terry Lambert <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> FWIW, there's historical precedent for this: the DEC VAX/VMS
> C compiler would imply semicolons for the programmer that
> forgot them, and a couple of other similar "fixups", issue a
> warning, but the resulting code would run "as the programmer
> most likely intended", rather than not generating a running
> program at all.
> The issue here is one of syntactical vs. grammatical ambiguity;
> if the only choices are between two possible outcomes, and one
> of them is a failure to operate at all, while the other is to
> operate, but potentially incorrectly.  The upshot is that ir
> can't hurt, and it might help:
>                       assumption?
>                       no              yes
>               ---------------------------------
> grammar error |       FAILS   |       FAILS   |
> ------------------------------------------------|
> syntax error  |       FAILS   |       WORKS   |
> -------------------------------------------------
> So the worst possible outcome in the failure case is that it
> fails -- which it already does, without the assumption -- and
> the best possible outcome is that it succeeds when it wouldn't
> have.
> "Anything that works is better than anything that doesn't"

Sometimes.  But see

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