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-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 On Dec 7, 2003, at 4:53 PM, bear wrote: > No, I think this is too complicated. We're talking more about > this as syntax than as list structure anyway; I think that > making people think in terms of list structure would just > confuse the issue. > > My recommendation is keep it simple: > > ... > (... ...) > (... ... ...) > (... ... ... ...) > > etc, to match existing practice. > > Bear I'm not sure what you mean about thinking in terms of list structure - I don't see how this is forcing people to think in terms of list structure any more than, say, dotted lambda lists. The list structure here is necessary to make the idea consistent; "..." only makes sense if you explicitly aren't thinking about the list structure (otherwise you'd think that "(...)" would be the first in the pattern). With dotted lists, "..." really is the first in the pattern - just like lambda lists, where we have (lambda rest ...), (lambda (firstarg . rest) ...), et al. Secondly, just because something is existing practice doesn't mean it's been well thought out. It's not as if this isn't an easy change to make in source code: M-% ... ...)<ENTER>... . ...)<ENTER> - -- Brian Mastenbrook bmastenb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://cs.indiana.edu/~bmastenb/ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: PGP 8.0.3 iQA/AwUBP9O/ymnXQDi0istxEQKX2gCcD/UieI4pBolJ2cdGdBe0LcUnJVMAn0hC wwZ7UxslLvrOcj9EkQgMsuZj =GLHZ -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----