[swift-evolution] SE-0025: Scoped Access Level, next steps

Erica Sadun erica at ericasadun.com
Thu Mar 24 13:19:39 CDT 2016

> On Mar 23, 2016, at 11:13 PM, Chris Lattner via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> How about we continue this trend, and follow other existing Swift keywords that merge two lowercase words (associatedtype, typealias, etc), and use:
> 	public
> 	moduleprivate
> 	fileprivate
> 	private
> The advantages, as I see them are:
> 1) We keep public and private meaning the “right” and “obvious” things.
> 2) The declmodifiers “read” correctly.
> 3) The unusual ones (moduleprivate and fileprivate) don’t use the awkward parenthesized keyword approach.
> 4) The unusual ones would be “googable”.
> 5) Support for named submodules could be “dropped in” by putting the submodule name/path in parens: private(foo.bar.baz) or moduleprivate(foo.bar).  Putting an identifier in the parens is much more natural than putting keywords in parens.

I support this for all the enumerated reasons. This is clean, simple, and obvious. 
It retains the benefits and avoids the negatives of the parenthesized versions.

One correction: "googlable" not "googable", because that's how pedants roll. 
(cite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry%27s_law <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law>)

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