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RE: Request to remove unnecessary semicolons

From: Michael Kay <mhk@mhk.me.uk>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 12:26:26 +0100
To: "'Jason Hunter'" <jhunter@acm.org>, <public-qt-comments@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20040422113243.BEAB3A17E9@frink.w3.org>

Semicolons were added not because the language can't be parsed without them,
but because it's very hard to produce good error messages and error
recovery. In my view the semicolons are a great improvement because they
make the language more robust. To achieve good diagnostics, you need to
guess what the user intended when their syntax is incorrect, and for that
you need a syntax that is not only unambigous but also has some redundancy.

Michael Kay 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-qt-comments-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-qt-comments-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Jason Hunter
> Sent: 21 April 2004 21:30
> To: public-qt-comments@w3.org
> Subject: Request to remove unnecessary semicolons
> Please consider the attached a formal request from Mark Logic 
> Corporation to remove the need for semicolons.
> (Posting from a personal account rather than work account because the 
> personal acct has the most spam protection.)
> -jh-
Received on Thursday, 22 April 2004 07:33:09 UTC

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