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Re: [Dave.Touretzky@B.GP.CS.CMU.EDU: pluralization: two proposals]
Date: Mon, 06 Mar 89 21:27:21 EST
My proposal, which would work for many languages besides English, is to
replace ~P with a new conditional form which would select the singular
case only when the argument was EQL to 1.
Yes, this is a reasonable proposal. It wasn't clear to me in the midst of
all the verbiage before that this was what you were proposing. When I say
it's reasonable, that doesn't mean I'm enthusiastic about it, simply because
I am not enthusiastic about doing anything to FORMAT.
Of course, it would be better to use ~P to name this new operator; that way
we could use ~:P to combine it with the ~:* operation.
There are plenty of other letters available (although Dick Waters is using
some of them in his portable pretty-printer). On the other hand, since you
need to enclose something it's nice to use brackets. I know, we could
say that : and @ aren't enough modifiers and introduce a third one. Some
possibilities (I forgot to check whether Waters has already staked a claim
to any of these) are !, +, ., /, =, _, and `. I skipped " and \ because
of their significance in string syntax. + looks the best to me, except it
is already in use as a redundant character in prefix parameters. = is