Allen's lambda syntax proposal

David-Sarah Hopwood david.hopwood at
Thu Dec 4 12:49:42 PST 2008

Mark S. Miller wrote:
> [...] "\" has taken the lead....

There's still #, @, and ` (and of course keywords like lambda and fn).
None of these are as mnemonic as \, but they leave \ as a purely
lexical escape character.

It's quite ironic that we are still limited, as Church was, in
which characters we can use for the modern equivalent of
"typographical reasons".

David-Sarah Hopwood

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