[R] Replacing underscore character in Windows GUI

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Wed Aug 13 05:07:35 CEST 2003

"kjetil brinchmann halvorsen" <kjetil at entelnet.bo> writes:

> On 12 Aug 2003 at 17:38, nels.tomlinson.1 wrote:
> I thought one of the reasons for removing the underscore as synonym 
> to <- was that at some later point it could be reintroduced in the 
> grammar, for example as a valid part of variable names. 
> If this is the case, this suggestion is a bad idea. Better to forget 
> the habvit of using _ for assignment! Maybe this reemplacement of _ 
> with <- will be removed from ess too?

Probably.  But there are those of us who don't like "_" for variable
names.  It reminds me too much of C and Python (though I like the

I'd be happier removing "=" for assignment, as well.  It's a
monstrosity, though supposedly wiser heads think otherwise.  I know
the arguments, but I still think it should be removed.

Maybe we'll make "=" electric -- one press becomes "<-", two presses
become "==".  Emacs is wonderful, sometimes.


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