Subject: Re: case-sensitivity and identifiers (was Re: Wide character implementation)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 01:53:11 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Michael Parker
| OTOH, if terminals had gotten color and typefaces earlier, maybe
| programming languages would have evolved to use them.

  Only if we had also had a stateless coding for them, statefulness being
  so frigthening to the kinds of programmers who are likely to invent new

| Maybe give each namespace its own color, so you would specify the value
| of a name by putting it in blue, the function by using red, keywords in
| italics, macros in green.  The mind boggles at the possibilities.

  Especially if they also used XML to write it all, and then we can use
  cascading style sheets to control both background and foreground color.
  And programmers would have be selected from those who are not color
  blind.  This is unlikely to succeed, since the current selection from
  those who can spell has not been successful, either, and that is at least
  something you can learn.

  Thanks for the URL, though.  My mind boggles at statements like these:
  "With the huge RAM of modern computers, an operating system is no longer

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.