From: Mark Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Dec 14 2005 - 11:44:14 CST
The thing that we don't want to lose sight of is that the original topic
was generating lists *mechanically*. This may involve some compromises.
A complex language might take a list (a, b, c) and format it with
connecting punctuation characters or words that vary depending on the
grammatically categories of whatever variables a, b, and c represent. In
such a case, one cannot represent those conventions faithfully with
mechanical list generation, without extremely complicated processing.
The question then is what the best *practical* fallback convention is to
use with such a language for mechanical list generation.
The interesting cases would be modern-language instances where for the
mechanisms I described (2005.12.13 11:28) either:
- the language is not complex (in the above sense) and the mechanisms
need enhancement for generation of lists.
- the language is complex, and the mechanisms need enhancement for the
best fallback generation of lists.
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