[Remind-Fans] rem preparser, etc

Bob Paver paver at southwestern.edu
Tue Jun 29 14:04:22 EDT 2010

At the risk of upsetting the fan club...

Are we loading remind with so many features that only a person with  
compiler creation experience can use it?

I am not a computer scientist by any standard but have been hacking  
around for 40 years. I already find remind to be somewhat obtuse.  
Maybe I need the "Remind for Dummies" book. Is anyone working on that?

Just a thought or two.

Bob Paver
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On Jun 29, 2010, at 8:32 AM, tsr.offentlig at tsr.se wrote:

> El Mon, 28 Jun 2010 17:58:11 -0400
> "David F. Skoll" <dfs at roaringpenguin.com> escribió:
>> I'm only going to take some of this...
> No worries ;)
>>> * A reminder tag
>>> What is it really?
>> It's just a tag.  TkRemind uses tags for its own purposes, but
>> Remind itself doesn't care about them.
>>> Can I use multiple tags for one reminder in some
>>> clever way (except defining them in the MSG)?
>> Not really, but you could make a tag like this:
>> REM ... TAG tagA,tagB,tagC ... MSG ...
>> As long as there's no white space, it'll be treated (by Remind) as  
>> one
>> big tag.  Unfortunately, Remind imposes a maximum length of 48
>> characters for a tag (defined in custom.h as TAG_LEN).
>> I think enhancing Remind to allow multiple TAGs would be a good  
>> thing.
>> Perhaps REM .. TAG tagA TAG tagB TAG tagC MSG foo could output:
>> YYYY/MM/DD * tagA,tagB,tagC * * foo
>> so existing "remind -p" parsers don't break, but back-ends that
>> care about tags could split on a comma.  Thoughts?
> This sounds reasonable to me, my only (and it is small) concern is the
> lack of white space, but I assume that would require a lot more (or
> maybe you can encapsulate stuff in "" already?... nope you can't).
> /Tomas
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