patch applied (haskell-prime-status): proposal: remove string gaps

Henrik Nilsson nhn at Cs.Nott.AC.UK
Tue Apr 1 16:12:45 EDT 2008

 > Mon Mar 31 15:26:03 PDT 2008  Simon Marlow <simonmarhaskell at>
 >  * proposal: remove string gaps

Hm. This has escaped me.

I don't find the rationale as documented on the Wikipage

very convincing at all. I've thus added a few more cons:

     * string gaps are sometimes really helpful for
       formatting/pretty printing code
       neatly; the ++ alternative often necessecitates additional

     * the simplification of the lexical syntax is very minor

     * arguably, the syntax highlighting ought to be fixed as that's what
       at fault, not the language as such

I have to confess I find string gaps rather elegant, and I think any
sensible language ought to have them!


Henrik Nilsson
School of Computer Science
The University of Nottingham
nhn at

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