[PD] Selectors was: confused about $1 in messages

Funs Seelen funsseelen at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 17:23:15 CET 2014

On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM, IOhannes m zmölnig <zmoelnig at iem.at>wrote:

> On 01/20/2014 10:01 PM, Jonathan Wilkes wrote:
> >
> > It might help some if the selector inside a message box were visually
> > distinct from the rest of the message.
> +1

I don't see how this would prevent the mentioned confusion. And how would
you like to do this? Italics, size, colors, different font?

It seems that [list] classes (e.g. [list split]) turn words into symbols
and multiple words into a list automatically, just as numbers are turned
into floats and multiple numbers into a list everywhere in Pd. The
confusion is not that people cannot remember the words float, list, bang,
symbol to be reserved, but that they are used to the convenience of how Pd
handles floats and list of floats. You would almost forget that "dog" is
not a symbol and that "dog cat bear" is not a list, particularly because
[list split] doesn't complain and just returns a real list.

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