[R] Replacing underscore character in Windows GUI

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Wed Aug 13 10:08:35 CEST 2003

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>>>>> "tony" == A J Rossini <rossini at blindglobe.net>
>>>>>     on Tue, 12 Aug 2003 20:07:35 -0700 writes:

    tony> "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?

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

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

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

This is an interesting proposal.

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