Why tuples use parentheses ()'s instead of something else like <>'s?

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Wed Dec 29 23:06:32 CET 2004


Dan Sommers wrote:

> On 29 Dec 2004 21:03:59 GMT,
> Grant Edwards <grante at visi.com> wrote:
> 
> 
>>On 2004-12-29, Reinhold Birkenfeld <reinhold-birkenfeld-nospam at wolke7.net> wrote:
>>
>>>>>Perl6 experiments with the use of guillemots as part of the syntax.
>>>>
>>>>As if Perl didn't look like bird-tracks already...
>>>>
>>>>http://www.seabird.org/education/animals/guillemot.html
>>>>http://www.birdguides.com/html/vidlib/species/Uria_aalge.htm
>>>
>>>Well,
>>>
>>>(1,1,2,3,5) »+« (1,2,3,5,8);  # results in (2,3,5,8,13)
> 
> 
>>I was pretty sure that « and » were guillmots, but google sure
>>preferred the sea bird when I asked it.
> 
> 
> They're guillemets (with an "e"); this is a [relatively] well-known
> Adobe SNAFU.  (A quick google search or two failed to find an
> authoritative reference, but I know that such references are out there
> somewhere.)
> 
> Regards,
> Dan
> 
Adobe recorded their error in the Red Book errata, but electronic 
admissions of the same error are apparently impossible to come by.

regards
  Steve
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