Proposal: struct and array literal syntax
chris at dprogramming.com
Sat Jun 24 15:14:32 PDT 2006
On Sat, 24 Jun 2006 17:33:59 -0400, Andrei Khropov
<andkhropov at nospam_mtu-net.ru> wrote:
> Daniel Keep wrote:
>> > All this talk makes kinda wish that the ascii tables (and
>> consequently the
>> > standard keyboards as well) had one more set of brackets, like the
>> > brackets for example
>> > 2.A0.E2.8C.AA), used for tuple notation in math. "〈1, 2〉"
>> > A comparison:
>> > <1, 2>
>> > ‹1, 2›
>> > «1, 2»
>> > 〈1, 2〉 // Why do these take two spaces?
>> > 《1, 2》
>> AFAIK, they take spaces because they are "fullwidth" asian characters. I
>> think it comes from most western glyphs being vertical rectangles, and
>> asian glyphs being square-ish. So they make the characters twice as
>> wide :)
>> As for more brackets: hell yeah. I think there are three things that
>> limit programming languages: lack of special characters that will
>> reliably be
>> on many computers, lack of special characters on our keyboards, and
>> programming language's fixation on using special characters :P
>> I think that what would help is adding these features with whatever
>> syntax we
>> can muster, and add alises for these using extended characters where we
>> find them.
>> Maybe if we start supporting more than basic ASCII now, someday we'll
>> better keyboards :)
> Well, I think Unicode is not the problem.
> The biggest problem is our limited keyboards really.
> I have made a little inspection and found that some symbols (`,\,@,#,№)
> unused in D yet. Maybe put 'em to some use? :-)
> P.S. And, yeah, I want tuples in D and lists too.
` is for wysiwyg string literals; \ is for escaped string literals; @ is
unused; # is for special token sequences; and I don't know about № - it's
not on my keyboard.
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