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Re: [Icehouse] Re: two Treehouse questions

  • FromBrian Campbell <lambda@xxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 4 May 2006 11:47:48 -0400
Hmm. I don't have that intuition about the slashes. I guess I'm used to pronouncing slash as "slash" or "divided by" rather than "over". I'd say the least ambiguous in terms of nesting is parens, either balanced or not. ^1(2(3 really lets me know which way they're nested, though the unbalanced parens do rub a bit the wrong way.

On May 4, 2006, at 11:39 AM, kerry_and_ryan@xxxxxxx wrote:

The cool thing about the slashes though is that they imply an over/ under relationship between characters in a horizontal row.

Is ^1+2+3 a tree or a nest? One would need to memorize whether the digits show the pyramids top-down or bottom-up. ^1/2/3 is obviously, "1 over 2 over 3," or a tree. I could see that same relationship with a comma, which has the same diagonal orientation as a slash, but the slash makes it blatantly obvious (as opposed to merely obvious).

I vote for the slash.


 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Mark Lentczner <markl@xxxxxxxxxxx>

On May 3, 2006, at 8:14 AM, Eric Wald wrote:
           Initial Tree:  ^1/2/3
           A Nest:        ^3/2/1

	pluses:  ^1+2+3  ^3+2+1
So, I vote for the plus sign as separator between pieces in a stack.

Now, should I submit this standard to the IETF, ISO, ANSI, ECMA, or
all four?  I'm reserving the upcoming Treehouse+XML format for W3C
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