Comment Syntax

lennart at lennart at
Mon Jan 30 13:26:04 EST 2006

Quoting Thomas Davie <tatd2 at>:

> On 30 Jan 2006, at 14:49, lennart at wrote:
>> Quoting Thomas Davie <tatd2 at>:
>>> On 30 Jan 2006, at 14:28, Neil Mitchell wrote:
>>>>>> Another argument in favour of this is that most editors with  syntax
>>>>>> hilighting will show --> as a comment, which again increases the
>>>>>> confusion factor.
>>>>> I would rather argue that since we have editors with syntax
>>>>> highlighting, this isn't a big problem. The editor will tell you  (if
>>>>> the highlighting is implemented correctly) that --> does not  start a
>>>>> comment. Rather than changing the language we should fix the
>>>>> highlighting modes for the editors in question.
>>>> This is rather hard, unless your editor is actually a thinly  disguised
>>>> programming language. Certainly for my editor of choice (TextPad)  this
>>>> cannot be done easily - and isn't needed for most other languages.
>>> Ditto the SubEthaEdit syntax highlighting mode - I guess most  
>>> people  have got used to editors being thinly disguised operating  
>>> systems  these days (not looking at emacs or vim here).
>> Are you telling me that your text editor doesn't even give you a  regexp
>> for defining comments?  If it doesn't, I'd say your editor needs to  upgrade
>> to some good 1960s text editor technology.
> It gives you regexp and nothing more - this makes it a pain in the  
> arse to input every possible character that is/isn't allowed.
> Bob

Oh, come on.  It's a one time pain.  How hard can it be?

    -- Lennart

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