Re: Long item-list fix

From: Anthony Spataro (
Date: 06/25/95

On Sat, 24 Jun 1995, Daniel [Trice] Koepke wrote:

> Here goes a suggestion, though.  Turn the "int mound" from a number 
> between 1-10, and 0 for off to just TRUE or FALSE.  Then, take the number 
> of items passed, and 1-10 are the same, and >10 can use #10, too.

In the end, I'm going to try to incorporate that into the enpluralizer 
itself--that is, you just pass it the object and the number, and it will 
figure out the mounds by itself.

> Another suggestion, have a '%' just append an 's' to the word it's 
> prefixed on.  That way, we can shorten the amount of time needed to 
> enpluralize a string (and also save a tiny, tiny, tiny bit (literally) of 
> hard drive space) by instead of typing things like:

> # dead @cat@cats@ @is@are lying here, rotting away...
> We can type something as short as:
> # dead %cat @is@are@ lying here, rotting away...

I'm not quite sure I follow you.  %cat would print "50cat" (if you had 50 

> Which is much quicker, and, possably, get as anal as making another 
> character to convert singuluar fill-words (ie., "is"->"are") by using a 
> structure with, "<word>, <plural form>".  This could make the code 
> overall more flexible.  But, change "#", if I'm not mistaken, you can't 
> start a sentence with it.   

The # is a little stupid, as far as placement goes.  It will replace 1 
with "a", so although you can begin a sentence with it, the sentence will 
be gramatically incorrect a small percentage of the time.  Other than 
that, there are no restrictions to using #; enpluralize automatically 
capitalizes the first letter of strings.  Adding another character to 
specify just a fill-word would certainly save some space; I'll think of a 
good character to use.

 _/\_   GU -d H s : g? p5 au- a17 w v- C UL P L 3- E---- N K- W--- M-- V-- po
/ L  \  Y t 5 j-- R G---- tv-- b D B--- e u*(**) h! f !r !n !y+   
\_ C_/  =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

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