On Thu, 2011-09-22 at 02:31 +0200, Florian Pflug wrote:
> My personal favourite would be '0', since it resembles the symbol used
> for empty sets in mathematics, and we already decided to use mathematical
> notation for ranges.
> If we're concerned that most of our users won't get that, then 'empty'
> would be a viable alternative I think.
> From a consistency POV it'd make sense to use a bracket-based syntax
> also for empty ranges. But the only available options would be '()' and '[]',
> which are too easily confused with '(,)' and '[,]' (which we already
> decided should represent the full range).

Yes, I think () is too close to (,).

Brainstorming so far:
 0       : simple, looks like the empty set symbol
 empty   : simple
 <empty> : a little more obvious that it's special
 <>      : visually looks empty
 -       : also looks empty
 {}      : mathematical notation, but doesn't quite fit ranges

I don't have a strong opinion. I'd be OK with any of those.

        Jeff Davis

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