[web-devel] Fwd: proposal for hamlet-like syntax that is more compatible with html

Max Cantor mxcantor at gmail.com
Mon Dec 13 15:57:40 CET 2010

As a side note, if we use spaces instead !, will there still be a way to quote strings with spaces..  to realize something like <div class="class1 class2 etc">...


On Dec 13, 2010, at 10:25 PM, Alexandros Salazar wrote:

> Sorry, this was meant to go to the list.
> Is there a similar rationale for not having delimiter-wrapped tags like in Haml? The exclamation points make things hard to read in any tag with more than a few attributes (say a form), so having *some* way of having whitespace attributes would be very beneficial. When I show some Hamlet code to people, the first reaction is a very pleased "Oh, hello Haml" followed by a confused "what's with the exclamation points?"
> On an unrelated note, does anyone know how to make the web-devel list the default reply-to for emails in this list? It's hard to remember to make the changes in the headers required to not accidentally send a private email.
> Alexandros
> On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 2:55 PM, Michael Snoyman <michael at snoyman.com> wrote:
> Sorry, forgot to reply to all...
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Michael Snoyman <michael at snoyman.com>
> Date: Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 6:54 PM
> Subject: Re: [web-devel] proposal for hamlet-like syntax that is more
> compatible with html
> To: Greg Weber <greg at gregweber.info>
> I'm actually thinking that a good first step on this proposal is
> simply adding the <> syntax in addition to what we already have. For
> example:
> %foo!bar=baz This is something
> is equivalent to
> <foo bar=baz> This is something
> Without introducing any other changes. I originally did not like the
> idea of "two hamlets", but I'm beginning to warm up to it as an
> intermediate step. I'd even consider leaving both of them in there
> indefinitely, though I'm not sure that's the best idea.
> I very much would *not* like to implement a proposal such as % and
> whitespace attributes, eg:
> %foo bar=baz&This is something
> I don't like this for two reasons:
> 1) It's almost, but not quite, what we have right now. I'd much rather
> do a *big* change over to <> so that it's obvious that a change has
> occurred.
> 2) I don't want to start gobbling up more symbols.
> I also am not really interested in using the percent sign for variable
> interpolation in Hamlet/Cassius: dollar sign is well established for
> this in many languages, and I only grudgingly used the percent sign in
> Julius because of jQuery.
> If I'm not mistaken Greg, this means the part of your proposal which
> is being excluded by this proposal would be multi-line tags, is that
> correct?
> Michael
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