item delimiter defaults

Mark Schonewille m.schonewille at
Thu Nov 21 13:28:56 EST 2013

Hail the comma,

I use the comma almost all the time, for simple short lists. That's 
extremely useful while executing code in the message box. If I have a 
larger amount of data to deal with, usually I also need a little more 
code and one additional line of code to set the delimiter doesn't matter 
to me.

Btw very often I use ASCII 14 as a text delimiter to make sure that the 
items in the list don't contain the delimiter. Probably, we all have our 
preferences and we can't make everybody happy.

Best regards,

Mark Schonewille

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On 11/21/2013 07:55, Vokey, John wrote:
> All,
>    I know it is not just me (as all of my colleagues complain about it as well): having the default item delimiter be a comma is annoying, as most of us use the tab delimiter.  Most of the functions I write have an additional parameter (the item delimiter used in the passed data) to accommodate, but it would MUCH simpler if we could just set the *default* item delimiter.  And, as I think about it, why not the same for all delimiters?  So, how about an engine command such as: set the default itemdelimiter to <x> that sets the itemdelimiter to whatever x contains until the stack is closed or another set the default itemdelimiter to <x> is encountered?
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