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Re: Let ', ' separate symbol lists like '.' does (issue 290490043 by add

From: dak
Subject: Re: Let ', ' separate symbol lists like '.' does (issue 290490043 by address@hidden)
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:10:41 +0000

On 2016/03/08 23:28:37, thomasmorley651 wrote:

I firstly had some concerns about problems arising from people being
tempted to
write additional spaces after the comma, though with:

blub = #(define-void-function (arg)(list?) (write (map symbol->string
\blub foo . bar . buzz

I noticed no problem. Hence I expect no problems with commas as well.

Unfortunately, there is in lyricsmode.  As opposed to non-quoted stuff
starting with a '.', ',' is not special.  I considered changing that,
but while that would have allowed \blub foo , bar , buzz or even \blub
foo ,bar ,buzz it would not have helped with the much more important
\blub foo, bar, buzz so it is sort of pointless.  And we definitely do
not want to split foo, into two tokens in lyricsmode.  So in lyricsmode,
we'd more or less be stuck with foo,bar,buzz .

So all-in-all, it is a bit of a so-so improvement.  Its main motivation
for me really is not to have to use '.' for grouping numbers since it is
already used inside of numbers.  And it does make tag lists look nicer.
And lyricsmode is not really overcrowded with music functions so this
will likely not become an issue all too often.

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