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Hans Aberg <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 6 Nov 1998 19:55:30 +0100
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At 13:23 -0500 1998/11/06, Mark Steinberger wrote:
>It's important to be able to write in a language that
>   1. has macros
>   2. conveys the semantic information needed for the target language.

If one should be able to use shorthand notation and abbreviations
semantically correct, then one should not use macros at all: One should
define a correct language parsing using LeX/Yacc style programs.

  TeX avoids all this stuff because at the time it probably seemed
difficult to Knuth; using macros is the "quick and dirty" approach, the
specialty of Knuth. But adding a more sophisticated understanding of
syntaxes is what is needed.

  Hans Aberg
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