[swift-evolution] multi-line string literals.

L. Mihalkovic laurent.mihalkovic at gmail.com
Thu May 5 02:01:42 CDT 2016

Rust and Scala support macros, C++ has templates, and even the venerable C has #defines. Introducing mera-programming is by no means easy as it generally equates introducing a second, more limited, language inside the original. There exists today an opportunity to take advantage of the string literal effort 
* provide a minimalmultiline literal extension
* provide a general mechanism into the current parser for dealing with "pockets" of semantically tagged contents into the stream of implicitely swift-tagged characters

The latter could be used at a later date for
* custom colorization schemes 
* custom validation

It is conceivable to reserve one of these semantic tags, say SWIFT_SIL for the introduction of SIL code in multiline litterals as a test of what macros in swift might be.

Done clealy, this scheme has the advantage of
* very minimal intrusion into the existing parser, reducing the risk of unwantes side effects
* very minimal level of commitment to featureset of string literals
* maximum open doors regarding what can be added via future via content tags (imagine using mime types as tags, while allowing the mirror API to query the tag value)
* a simple pathway for the introduction of macros, even supporting different types of macro types, none of which requiring changes to the parser once the proposed first step is in place

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