[Haskell-cafe] Richer (than ascii) notation for haskell source?

Patrick Surry Patrick.Surry at portraitsoftware.com
Wed May 14 09:43:44 EDT 2008

Probably a silly question, but for me one of the nice things about
Haskell is that it's a lot like just writing math(s).  But in contrast
to math you lose a lot of notational flexibility being limited to the
ascii character set in your source code.   


It would be nice to be able to use a richer set of symbols in your
source code for operators and functions (e.g. integral, sum, dot and
cross-product, ...),  as well as variables (the standard upper and
lower-case greek for example, along with things like super- and
sub-scripting, bold/italic and what-not).  You could imagine ending up
with source code that reads just like a mathematical paper.


Don't know how I'd actually then write/maintain the source-code - some
WYSIWYG editor or effectively writing it in '(la)tex'?  Maybe that's
what Knuth is on about with his 'literate programming' weave/tangle
stuff which I don't know much about - does that translate to Haskell?




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