Egad, no to the equivalence.  We'd be back in
case-insensitive-language land, only without the benefit of even that
dubious tradition.

And at least for me, the beef with mixing hyphens and underscores is
not that the great unwashed masses can't handle it, but that there
will inevitably be cases where even the elite rocket surgeons in their
ivory control towers can't agree on which is "correct".  It's less
"too subtle for JAPH" and more "too subtle for consensus even among
the cognoscenti.".  The edge cases would be back to rote memorization.

On Sunday, April 11, 2010, John Siracusa <> wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 10:54 AM, Damian Conway <> wrote:
>> Hyphen/underscore equivalence would allow those (apparently elite few) who
>> can correctly use a hyphen to correctly use the hyphen
> That's about the only advantage of this scheme that I can think of.
> The disadvantages, which affect everyone, are many and bigger:
> search/replace headaches, novice confusion, adding to Perl's "syntax
> infamy," etc.
> (Besides, I'm sure you can Acme::-up something that implements this
> scheme in Perl 6 for your own devious purposes anyway… ;)
> -John

Mark J. Reed <>

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