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From: Eric Friedman (ebf_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-10-09 21:10:02

brock wrote:
> There are a lot of disadvantages in allowing variants to be singular at any
> time. We've been all over this. But if we say they can be singular only
> after a failed assignment, then you can pretty safely ignore the possibility
> in most of your code... I think. I wonder what Eric and Dave think of this
> or if they finally got tired of all the noise and tuned out :) Maybe this
> is noise too :)

I've suggested it before.


 From an implementation standpoint, there is no problem at all with
singular variants; I can code variant so that it destroys itself
properly even when in a singular state. As well, since assignment to a
singular variant is a meaningful operation, it is possible to "restore"
a singular variant to full-status. However, visitation of a singular
variant is *not* a meaningful operation in anyway and should be left

Given that singular variants will *only occur in the wake of failed
assignment*, this may not be a problem. Allowing the possibility of
singular variants at all, however, does represent a departure from where
variant has been in the past. Before I make a change like this, I would
appreciate some sort of consent from the community. So far, this has
been significantly lacking.


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