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Original date:2021-02-20 13:55:01 Edited by: petelomax Subject: Re: [phix] about 'string' design?

Compatibility. Many programs, including my own Edita, which was originally Eu, would regularly make dword-sequences out of or instead strings, especially by starting with {} instead of "", and then expect things like puts(1,{'h','e','l','l','o'}) to work. Same with find(), match(), and as you say, =, etc. So the situation is that if you declare a variable as a sequence, then strings and "flat" dword-sequences work identically, however if you declare it as a string then you are effectively saying the 75% or 87.5% space saving that strings offer is actually important, as well as a few other ways that the stricter typechecking is helpful. The compatibility side has been watered down a little since the early days, but it is unlikley to ever fully go away.

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