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Re: (any documentation for) linear syntax?

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  • Subject: [mg107583] Re: (any documentation for) linear syntax?
  • From: Vince Virgilio <blueschi at>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 05:16:32 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <hlglln$l72$>

On Feb 17, 6:58 am, John Fultz <jfu... at> wrote:


> This is all a bit unfortunate, because linear syntax can get extremely unwieldy,
> and it's particularly inside of strings where it becomes most unwieldy due to
> subtle issues with how the backslash escaping mechanism works within strings.  
> While it's possible to create such forms by hand, we generally don't recommend
> it, and recommend instead using the various built-in ways of auto-converting
> when necessary (the documentation points to some of these).
> If it sounds like I'm not exactly thrilled about how we designed this aspect of
> the system, that's because I'm not.  There are several gotchas I haven't fleshed
> out here, and with the hindsight that we now have, we could probably have done
> this better.  Maybe we will someday.  In the mean time, when you do have to
> interact with it, it's best to let the system work it out for you.  In the case
> of Find/Replace, that tends to be pretty simple using the method I described in
> my first paragraph.
> Sincerely,
> John Fultz
> jfu... at
> User Interface Group
> Wolfram Research, Inc.

What does WRI think of linear format based on Unicode, a la Murray
Sargent III (and Office 2007)?

Vince Virgilio

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