Special Char Suggestions?

Rob Cozens rcozens at pon.net
Wed May 7 12:16:00 EDT 2003

Hi All,

I need to select a single character to be used as a database field 
reference identifier in the Script Editor.

The goal is to script a Script Editor plugIn (or added menuItem) that 
will pre/post process a control's script to convert SDB data 
dictionary references in the form [recordType][specialKey][dataName] 
to/from  "item [ordinal of field dataName in dictionary] of 
recordType".  (This assumes the file buffer for any record type is 
identified with the record type identifier.)

The character I select must not conflict with any Transcript 
operators or reserved words, and ideally it must be available on any 

My three primary candidates are:

                        "{" : type{name

                        "}" : type}name

                        "|" : type|name


   This notation is local to scripts; it has nothing to do with field 
or variable contents.

   The selected character cannot be used unquoted or uncommented for 
any other purpose anywhere in any script containing SDB field 

Thoughts or comments, anyone?

PS: Guess I could also make it user-selectable.     :{`)

Rob Cozens
CCW, Serendipity Software Company

"And I, which was two fooles, do so grow three;
Who are a little wise, the best fooles bee."

from "The Triple Foole" by John Donne (1572-1631)

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