[PD] select issues

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Sat Dec 1 21:06:26 CET 2007

On Sat, 1 Dec 2007, Frank Barknecht wrote:

> If you add a message "bla hu" as well, the issue becomes even clearer, 
> as that will be sent to the "miss" outlet of [route 1 bla]. However as 
> mixing floats and symbols in route's arguments is explicitly forbidden 
> according to the help-patch, it's a moot issue to discuss for now.

Your Pd experience should tell you that any feature exposed will be tried 
and documented by the community, and become a de facto standard.

For example, [pack] and [unpack] are not there to do type-checking, but 
somehow it has become a backward-compatibility issue. Following the 
documentation, there's nothing saying that you can rely on [pack] and 
[unpack] to filter out and report messages that do not fit the type 
declarations, but that's still how some people use it, and they'd rather 
have this de facto compatibility than strict by-the-book compatibility.

(And does the documentation of [pack] explicitly forbids, or does it 
explicitly states exceptions to what is officially documented?)

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