Why isn't Rev more popular?
gcanyon at inspiredlogic.com
Wed Dec 7 01:12:29 CST 2005
On Dec 2, 2005, at 12:52 PM, Jeanne A. E. DeVoto wrote:
> Personally, I think the root cause of the problem is the inflexible
> syntax for non-built-in commands and functions. What I'd like to
> see is the ability to separate parameters with spaces as well as
> commas, so you could do something like:
> on doSomething
> -- code here
> end doSomething
> called with:
> doSomething 2 times to "fox" in stack (the short name of me)
This sounds like AppleScript's Prepositional Parameters: <http://
I love and hate this idea. Love it because, used properly, it would
be great. Hate it because it's _hard_ work to define proper syntax,
and therefore this feature would almost never be used properly.
That said, I do think there are obvious (to me, at least!) syntax
enhancements to Transcript. The recent suggestions regarding querying
boolean properties are a good example:
if field 1 is [not] [visible|hidden] then ...
while button 1 is [not] hilited ...
But there is much more that could be done. I've previously suggested
this, but a macro system would allow us to experiment with syntax
before committing to it in the engine.
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