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Date: 2000-04-06 (13:05)
From: Christophe Raffalli <Christophe.Raffalli@u...>
Subject: Re: backward compatibility

> Now the answer is very short: you cannot provide simultaneously (in
> the same mode)
> 1) backward compatibility
> 2) commutation of (non-optional) labels
> 3) labels as documentation (that is, anywhere you feel like putting them)

1) has never been a requirement from me as a user or from the Caml team.
Caml-light and ocaml are not compatible Ocaml had also incompatible
change not to speak about the difference between Caml (the old one) and
Caml-Light !

I really think 1) is a VERY VERY BAD idea ! OCaml is a reasearch
language that is also really usable. But I want it to progress toward an
always better language. So 1) is not a reasonable constraint.

The only questions are: 
  - How hard is to port your code ? 
  - Can it be done automatically ?

So if an improvement is worth it add it to OCaml regardless of backward
compatibility !

Christophe Raffalli
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