On Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 3:22 PM, Alexander Burger <a...@software-lab.de> wrote: > Hi Edwin, > >> (wishful thinking: alternative syntax for representing transient >> symbols without embedded spaces. maybe something like \xxx) > > Yeah, that's something I'm missing too. Transient symbols which > represent not just strings simply look ugly. > > > In fact, there exists something along that line, though not really a > "syntax" in the traditional sense: Transient symbol markup.
this is way too complex. perhaps i didn't express myself clearly. i was looking at something far simpler. at the moment, we have transient symbols as "my transient symbols". this syntax for this is just fine. what if we can express "MyParam", a transient symbol as \MyParam (or something similar) (a personal quirk, i dislike double quotes too much). maybe implement '\' as a read macro (?) to convert \MyParam to "MyParam" during read time. anyway, i'm not pushing this too much. was just thinking out loud. > > This is something tc.rucho and I were experimenting with for quite a > while. You can see it going in and out over the years if you search for > '*Tsm' in CHANGES. > > In the end (since 3.0.6) we disabled it by default, as it caused too > much confusion. But the mechanics for *Tsm are still in the system > (doc/refT.html#*Tsm). You can switch in on by loading "lib/tsm.l": > > $ ./p lib/tsm.l + > > or > > $ ./dbg lib/tsm.l > > Transient symbol markup causes transient symbols to be displayed in an > underlined font on the console, without the double quotes. Once you get > used to it, it is a nice thing. The drawback is that it is difficult to > be supported in most editors (tc.rucho implemented some support for it > in emacs, and partially in vim). > > Cheers, > - Alex > -- > UNSUBSCRIBE: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Unsubscribe > -- UNSUBSCRIBE: mailto:email@example.com?subject=Unsubscribe