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```Hello list,

Sorry for the >1 month delay.  This is a followup to the thread asking
whether letting juxtaposition denote multiplication was a good idea.
I think it was, but I made a big mistake in making juxtaposition be
multiplication with a _different precedence_ than the asterisk.

> On 09/06/2014 13:25, Lars HellstrÃ¶m wrote:
>> A data point of possible interest is MetaFont, which has some cases of
>> juxtaposition as a high priority operation (e.g. 2/3x means two thirds
>> of x). Since it's Knuth, it's probably very consistent, but not
>> necessarily intuitive.
>
> I guess Bruno can say more, but I suspect that requiring explicit "*"
> for multiplication might have a benefit in terms of code complexity (no
> need to allow for other cases). An obvious question for me is would such
> a position lead to problematic cases? The comparison with MetaFont is
> probably a useful one in this regard.

From reading (short) old discussions on when I decided to allow
juxtaposition, MetaFont was indeed an inspiration for making
juxtaposition bind very tightly.  Another inspiration was pgfmath,
which allows juxtaposition for dimensions only, and treats a number
and its dimension as a single operand for any operation:

\input pgfmath
\pgfmathparse{.25pc^2}
\show\pgfmathresult % gives (.25*12pt)^2 = 9.0

In l3fp, I pushed the idea to its extreme, allowing juxtaposition for
things other than units, and I kept the precedence as being the
tightest possible.

As Lars rightfully says it's "consistent, but not necessarily
intuitive".  Andrew has given several cases where my choice leads to a
terrible behaviour for l3fp, and there is basically no case where the
current behaviour is better (well, there was one abusive one: with
this rule, exp.5ln(...) computes the square root, but now that is not
needed).

I'm keen on leaving juxtaposition = multiplication, because that
allows to use dimensionful numbers directly inside fp expressions (pt,
in, ... are defined as floating point constants).  I believe that we
should change the precedence of juxtaposition-as-multiplication from
what it currently is (the tightest) to being the same as
multiplication.  In other words, juxtaposition would behave exactly