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Re: Interactive parsing with Bison

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Interactive parsing with Bison
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 09:00:35 -0400

    Given the current spreading of C++, do you object (pun not yet
    intended) to using it for Bison?

I don't think Bison should be written in C++.  C is clearer and
simpler.  Anyway, Bison already works.  It would be a waste to rewrite
Bison into a different language, even into Lisp, given that it works
the way it is.

There is so much else we can do that will really make a difference
for the users.  Let's do that instead.

    Similarly, another time related question: can we drop the
    (hardly used, barely supported by maintained tools) VCG
    graph format in favor of the (wide spread) dot format?
    One or two years ago, you said that the release of Graphviz
    as free-software was too recent to give enough confidence
    that that move would be smart.

Based on the situation now, is the use of dot format
a temptation to use non-free software, or isn't it?

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