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Re: Various things
> From: bear <bear@xxxxxxxxx>
> One thing I don't think belongs in this library is the ~p plural.
> That's very specific to English. And even in English, its sense
> is reversed when you're pluralizing verbs instead of nouns (there,
> the *singular* most frequently has the 's' added and the *plural*
> is most frequently without it).
> This stuff should be locale-dependent, or possibly dynamic, or possibly
> part of a different library altogether.
This is all correct. The "~P" option dates back to (at least) MacLisp.
Changing it, e.g. to pretty-print which would be a better mnemonic, would
potentially break a bunch of code written over the last 20 years.
> To really address it adequately you'd need a semantics that allowed
> function calls determined by the contents of the format string, ...
In this light-weight FORMAT, "~?" is at least a palliative. One can do some
interesting things "on the fly".
(format #t "The wol~?"
(format #t " chase~?"
(format #t "the boy~? across the snow."
> But I don't think you really want to bite off language-specific
> stuff with this library.
I agree with you.