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-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 John Cowan writes: > If newline as a statement terminator counts as syntactically significant > whitespace, then there are a lot bigger guns than Icon that have it, > starting with Fortran, Cobol, and Basic, and going on to every command > language ever created. I'd put them in a slightly different class. They were created in the era of punched cards (FORTRAN, COBOL) or line editors (BASIC) and so treat the line as a natural unit. Through much of that era, there was no such thing as a newline character; I can recall writing FORTRAN programs in which each output line began with a format signal, directing the printer to stay on the same line, advance one line, advance two lines, or skip to the top of the next page. > To bracket such languages with identation > sensitive ones is to trivialize the concept. I wouldn't have mentioned it at all if Wheeler hadn't used Icon as an example in support of his argument. > If you're worried about it, make sure all continued lines end in _, > that's all. Sigh. Yes, of course -- a marker character. And in FORTRAN you can always put a C or an asterisk in column 6 of the next line. These are evidences of _failure to achieve homoiconicity_. They are design kludges, used to paper over the incompatibility between whitespace used for layout and whitespace used to signal syntactic structure. -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.10 (GNU/Linux) Comment: Processed by Mailcrypt 3.5.9 <http://mailcrypt.sourceforge.net/> iEYEARECAAYFAlGimiEACgkQbBGsCPR0ElRxGACg0rHmLUT2eKdJnNIC8v7WpAK+ KTsAoNM5b5RLCzsp7RzoOoNP6DfWhfSf =kR/G -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----