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Re: Bug: inconsistent escaping of coderef regexp

From: Timothy
Subject: Re: Bug: inconsistent escaping of coderef regexp
Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 00:09:06 +0800
User-agent: mu4e 1.4.15; emacs 28.0.50

Nicolas Goaziou <mail@nicolasgoaziou.fr> writes:

> Switches predate Babel and its header arguments. Also, they are
> orthogonal to Babel. I don't know what a sound design would be here,
> tho.

Breaking backwards comparability is a tough call, but somehow I feel
that it would be appropriate here. A number of reasons why they should
go come to mind:

- Rarely used. Searching github I found 146k results for "#+begin_src"
  but as soon as I added a switch (I tried -n and +n) that dropped to 0
- Easily replaced by a more consistent syntax, which has multiple benefits IMO
  + Simplify parsing a bit
  + Less forms for a new user to learn
  + Better consistency

Perhaps a less sudden approach would to be mark them as depreciated,
implement equivalents with the standard syntax, update manual to use the
new/standard syntax, then remove at some point in the future? In that
case I think it would also be acceptable for new things built for Org
(e.g. a grammar) to ignore them.



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