[swift-evolution] [Draft] Refining identifier and operator symbology (take 2)

Nevin Brackett-Rozinsky nevin.brackettrozinsky at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 22:07:42 CST 2017

I think the most important goal is to end up with the right set of operator
and identifier characters for *Swift*. The Unicode guidelines are a useful
tool for that purpose, and get us a long way toward where we want to be.
However at the end of the day we should weigh our success by how well we
have done for Swift, not by how rigidly we adhere to Unicode recommendations

Our treatment of emoji is a great example: the right thing for Swift is
different from the right thing for Unicode, so we choose to do what works
best for Swift. This proposal captures that very well.

Matching what Unicode does should be a means for us, not an end. A stepping
stone we can use when it helps. Unicode’s categorizations should inform and
guide out decisions, not constrain them.

With regard to the fact that reclassifying the infinity and empty set
symbols would be a breaking change, that is all the more reason to do it
now, for Swift 4, before it is too late. Those two characters have come up
in every iteration of this discussion on Swift Evolution that I can recall,
and I have not heard anyone argue that they ought to be operators. I think
it is safe to consider them low-hanging fruit.

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