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Re: [ddlm-group] Focusing the elide discussion

Long term, I find anything other than proposal P unacceptable.
In the short term, I find Simon's proposal F acceptable as
a step in the right direction, under the terms stated in
my compromise proposal.

I find all the other proposals unacceptable, not because they
are inherently defective, but because they will lead to the
creation of data sets that will be difficult to handle in the
transition to full python compatibility I firmly believe we
will eventually have to move to.

   -- Herbert

  Herbert J. Bernstein, Professor of Computer Science
    Dowling College, Kramer Science Center, KSC 121
         Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY, 11769


On Thu, 13 Jan 2011, James Hester wrote:

> By my count there are 6 distinct proposals for eliding triple-quoted
> strings on the table, which I have listed below.  In order to get an
> idea of where we all stand and which proposals are most likely to
> succeed, I'd like to invite you all to reply to this email with a list
> of proposals which you would find acceptable.  If you like, you can
> rank them in order of preference.  In the list below I've given short
> descriptions, but you should refer to the original emails for the full
> details.  The opinions of COMCIFS voting members are of course most
> significant at this juncture, but I for one am interested in the
> thoughts of the other members as well.
> Proposal P (for Python): Ralf's original proposal to do everything as in Python
> Proposal A: <backslash><delimiter> elides the delimiter, no other
> sequences are significant
> Proposal B: \uxxxx to represent Unicode characters, no other sequences
> are significant
> Proposal C: as yet unspecified character post-elides the delimiter
> where necessary
> Proposal D: as for C, except post-elide character is given immediately
> before opening triple delimiter
> Proposal E: (John B's suggestion) \uxxxx for Unicode character
> together with \<newline> and \\
> Proposal F: (Simon's proposal) \<newline> and \\ only
> Proposal F': (My slight tweak of Simon's proposal) \<newline> only
> when not preceded by \
> I find proposal P unacceptable, and would rank the others in order of
> preference roughly as follows:
> Best: F', F, C
> Bearable: A, B, E
> In a pinch: D
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