Proposal: allow '?' and '!' in identifiers

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Tue Feb 20 05:31:58 CET 2001


Joshua Marshall wrote:

> Anybody have any thoughts on allowing the characters '!' and '?' in
> identifiers?  It's possible I'm missing something, but I think the
> only ambiguity this introduces is in the case of something like the
> following:
> 
>   a!=b
> 
> But whitespace easily disambiguates ("a! = b" vs "a != b").

But missing or adding a seemingly harmless space means that you've got a
completely different symbol.  Bad news.

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