wiki:NegativeSyntax

Version 3 (modified by john@…, 9 years ago) (diff)

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get rid of unary '-' operator

the unary '-' is a very odd case in the report and causes a lot of confusion.

to fix it we can

  • make '-' part of the lexical syntax of numbers. so a '-' followed by digits is interpreted as a negative number
  • get rid of all other special treatment of '-'
  • people can use 'negate' if they want to negate non literals.
  • the removal of n + k patterns will make this more attractive