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I've just put what I think will be my final version, barring strenuous "I would vote against this" sort of objections.

It was going to be closer to xorxes' version than John's, but that turned out not to be the case. The reason is very simple:

1. If you're going to allow the deletion of things piece by piece (zoi delimiters, for example) that'd better buy you something. John's version requires four si to delete a zoi but *provides no advantage to doing so*. You can't add anything on to the end of zoi once you've deleted the last delimiter; the *only* valid things that can follow are more si, anything else (except maybe another copy of the delimiter word) results in an error.

2. It is possible to allow the deletion of, say, zoi delimiters and the addition of more stuff to the zoi, but at the expense of requiring rules that end up with side effects like not being able to add things that start with the sound "si" to said zoi quote. That way madness lies, and as far as I can tell, everyone but Raphael would prefer not to go there.

So, there you have it. Barring any strenous objections as I said, xorxes wins again.

The main difference between what I've got and what xorxes has is the language; I like xorxes' ideas, in general, but I don't much like the way he phrases them. I stole the basic idea from John, but expanded on it a bit. Let me know what you think.

-Robin

 


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