Assignment Versus Equality

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Mon Jun 27 21:28:21 EDT 2016

On Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:27 am, MRAB wrote:

> On 2016-06-27 14:59, Grant Edwards wrote:
>> On 2016-06-26, BartC <bc at> wrote:
>>> (Note, for those who don't know (old) Fortran, that spaces and tabs are
>>> not significant. So those dots are needed, otherwise "a eq b" would be
>>> parsed as "aeqb".)
>> I've always been baffled by that.
>> Were there other languages that did something similar?
> Algol 60 and Algog 68.

Are you sure about that? I'd like to see a citation, as everything I've seen
suggests that Algol treats spaces like modern languages.

Space is listed as a separator, and *not* in indentifiers.

“Cheer up,” they said, “things could be worse.” So I cheered up, and sure
enough, things got worse.

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