[PD] symbolatom: why does it not allow to type spaces?

Roman Haefeli reduzierer at yahoo.de
Tue Dec 11 00:48:40 CET 2007

On Mon, 2007-12-10 at 16:34 -0500, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Dec 2007, Roman Haefeli wrote:
>  (or am i
> > overseeing something?).
> It would only break externals that rely on lack of spaces in any way, and 
> only if supposing that you weren't already using some other way of 
> producing the spaces.
> about spaces, those that break are: [netsend], [print], [textfile], ... 
> anything using atom_string().

ah, yes i am overseeing. thank you for mentioning them. to be added:
labels in iemguis, when saved.

but these are things that already would break now and it is possible to
create symbols containing spaces in pd, it's just not as easy as just
using a symbolbox. fact is, that people do it anyway, so why trying to
prevent them?

i didn't know that [print] would be affected. in what way is it
affected? at least visually it doesn't seem to be.

i encounter that ' ' is treated in a non-comprehensibly special way,
since other characters such as ';' or ',' are escaped by symbolatom (or
by pd, i don't know) and can be used, atltough they have a meaning in pd
as well (like 'space' has). wouldn't it be more consistent, if ' ', ','
and ';' would be treated the same way?


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