I am wary of this.  I really don't have a strong preference either way,
my suspicion is it's mostly "what did you become famliar with initially"
kind of thing.  :keyword is more Common Lisp'ish, #:keyword matches
other Schemes I've used.

 - I'd rather not have *two* keyword syntaxes in Racket at the same
 - But removing #: from the language would break tons of packages.
 - Maybe if #lang racket2 ever happened that would be a good place for
   this, and the ability to have multiple #langs allows us to survive
   an upgrade easier than say, the Python 2 to 3 upgrade was (which I
   was in the trenches for, and was a decade long headache).
   Let's try to avoid breaking things that exist currently, anyway.
 - It's such a small cosmetic change I don't see why it's worth it.
   If it bothers you a lot, there's a #lang path.

My $.02,
 - cwebb

Neil Van Dyke writes:

> I recall multiple discussions about colon keywords over the many
> years, but (it's 5am) temporarily forgot that Jay did a poll 3 years
> ago.
> Jay's results summary quoted and linked below.
> I think 3 years means it's time to go from these results, to either
> changing Racket, or expecting "preference #langs" to become more of a
> thing. (Again, from a software engineering perspective, I'd
> discourage "preference #langs"; but, from a love of programming
> perspective, I'd understand.)
> Jay McCarthy <jay.mc...@gmail.com> wrote on Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:43:50 -0400:
>> It has been a little more than a week and we've stopped getting results.
>> The full results should be publicly available. Here is a summary:
>> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HSwtxLhz5HWGMJjMXaO8LQyHJsdMkGbBlRa4fU7Sa34/viewanalytics
>> and here is the raw data:
>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rZNNGwupMZTybxKRhukLdgA8VIA8oPlQ7nPk8Gv52Es/edit#gid=348615477
>> My interpretation of the data is as follows:
>> - The #:keyword syntax is liked fine with a rating of 5.67
>> - The :keyword syntax is more loved with a rating of 6.9
>> - But change is not popular, average of 5.1 with high standard deviation
>> - People that really like #:keyword do not want a change and do not
>> like :keyword
>> - People that really like :keyword want a change
>> I am genuinely surprised :keyword saw so much support and that
>> change was so attractive to people.
>> Naturally whenever you do stuff like this, you want to ask more
>> questions, like what about keyword:, what about supporting both,
>> etc.
>> Jay
> https://groups.google.com/d/msg/racket-users/3vOTC1FbieA/UsifvfWtBgAJ

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