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Re: [PATCH RFC 0/4] Getting rid of input labels?

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC 0/4] Getting rid of input labels?
Date: Tue, 08 Jun 2021 15:05:33 +0200
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Ryan Prior <> skribis:

> I think there's an opportunity to avoid the need to "fall back" to the status 
> quo, though. I picture a structure for inputs that has three cases, trivially 
> decided based on data shape:
> - a bare symbol, eg '(tzdata glib)
>   this is translated to `(("tzdata" ,tzdata) ("glib" ,glib))
>   works the exact same if the symbol is an =origin=, you get the name of the 
> symbol quoted followed by the value of the symbol.

A “bare symbol” cannot be translated into a reference to a variable in
the way you write.

I’m leaning towards either the new style:

  (list glib tzdata)

or the old style:

  (("tzdata" ,tzdata) ("glib" ,glib))

but not a mixture of both, which would require more code to be properly
interpreted, leading to slowdowns on the hot path and generally making
it more difficult to interpret what’s in there.


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