[swift-evolution] [Review] SE-0168: Multi-Line String Literals

Xiaodi Wu xiaodi.wu at gmail.com
Sun Apr 9 21:53:37 CDT 2017

I agree the sentiment is entirely positive, but speaking for myself only, I
would not like to see this proposal accepted in its current form.

It needs to be returned for more design and discussion. The idea of
multiline strings is not at issue here, except for a small minority of
community members, but rather the specific design.

Clearly, the proposal authors have a design in mind, but it is not
documented anywhere and cannot (or at least, should not) be accepted for
Swift sight-unseen. My questions, at least, remain almost entirely
unanswered. And they are not even critiques of the design, they are
questions about what the design _is_.
On Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 21:44 Brent Royal-Gordon via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> On Apr 9, 2017, at 9:29 AM, John Holdsworth via swift-evolution <
> swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> Perhaps we can find common ground on 1) and 2) and even 3) with a view to
> resubmitting if there is time. Seems mostly like we just need to discuss
> the delimiter further and decide whether the indent trimming is a bug or a
> feature to keep moving and not let another year slip by.
> Honestly, I think this is a little premature. If I had to summarize this
> thread, I think what I'm seeing is:
> 1. We wish the proposal were more specific on a few points, like the
> de-indenting algorithm.
> 2. We have lots of different pet syntaxes and preferences.
> 3. But most of us are still in favor of accepting the proposal.
> To back up that last point, I ran through the thread and tried to quickly
> figure out what everyone was thinking. These people seem to be opposed to
> the proposal:
> 1. Haravikk doesn't like the de-indenting and seems iffy on multiline
> strings in general.
> 2. David Waite wants a suite of different, orthogonal string literal
> features to get enough flexibility.
> 3. Félix Cloutier is worried that supporting interpolation makes this
> feature a powerful footgun.
> 4. Adrian Zubarev wants to extend single-quoted string literals instead of
> developing a second syntax.
> These people want the proposal to be more specific, but appear to be in
> favor as long as the missing details don't reveal problems:
> 1. Greg Parker (maybe?)
> 2. Xiaodi Wu
> 3. Gwendel Roué
> And these people all seem basically positive, though sometimes with
> reservations or bikeshedding suggestions:
> 1. Me
> 2. Tony Allevato
> 3. David Hart
> 4. Daniel Duan
> 5. Ricardo Parada
> 6. Kevin Nattinger
> 7. Víctor Pimentel Rodríguez
> 8. Jarod Long (I think)
> 9. Ben Cohen
> 10. Thorsten Seitz
> 11. Howard Lovatt
> 12. T.J. Usiyan
> Evolution reviews are not referenda, but I think it's fair to say that the
> sentiment is mostly positive.
> (And if the core team does say they like the approach but want
> clarifications, I'd be happy to pitch in and earn the co-author credit!)
> --
> Brent Royal-Gordon
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