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Re: use octets; and "escaping the piranha's"

Matthias Urlichs
February 11, 2000 02:59
Re: use octets; and "escaping the piranha's"
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Simon Cozens:
> >It _is_ broken.
> It works. You lose.

For some, but by no means all, definitions of "it works".  :-/

> Now, can we start being descriptive computer linguists instead of
I was being descriptive. I was describing _me_. 

Perhaps I should have been stating this more clearly. Sorry.

> prescriptive ones? We support Perl 4 and before not because we think
> it's the best solution, but because it's what people use.
Thus, if they really want/need to use perl4, they should use


It's a smaller change than the "replace @ by \@ in all double-quote
strings" we forced them to use when switching to per5(?).

I'm not really advocating to drop the main'foo stuff, but the list of
things you can do with main::foo which happen to Just Not Work with
the single-quote stuff isn't going to get any smaller either.

The point where continuing support for it just isn't worth the hoops we'd
have to jump through may be a few years off, or it might be just around
the corner. I'm not knowledgeable enough WRT the innards of the Perl
parser to say.

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