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Re: [Scheme-reports] inconsistent use of \| escape

On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM, Arthur A. Gleckler <scheme@x> wrote:
On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM, Alex Shinn <alexshinn@x> wrote:
Unfortunately, when the formal syntax differs from the prose,
the formal syntax takes precedence.  Whatever the WG intentions
may have been, the community ratified a standard in which \|
is not a predefined escape sequence in strings.  Referring to old
ballots was fine during the process, but now can only serve for
historical interests and to dig up rationales.

I don't have a strong feeling about this particular issue, but historically, I believe the rule has been that the prose takes precedence.

I don't have a strong feeling either, and it's a very minor issue.

There may well be debate on which takes precedence.
The best precedent I can find is:


which seems to imply only that opinions differ, and it's
up to the editors to clarify.

However, I do stand by the notion that past WG ballots
and intentions are superseded by later discussion.
This was a community effort with a community ratification,
and the most recent and specific discussion on the issue
was in reference to the formal syntax, so I think that should
take precedence.

If the other two editors disagree you can add it to
the errata.


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