[m-dev.] Why don't variables have a context?

Ralph Becket rafe at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Mon Oct 30 14:14:31 AEDT 2006

Peter Ross, Monday, 30 October 2006:
> Hi,
> I'm working on adding a pass to the compiler which outputs an XML
> representation of a module.  The idea is that this XML representation
> can then be transformed by various stylesheets into a good documentation
> format.
> One of the key parts of this is having heuristics to associate comments
> to parts of the program.  This is fine if we are looking for a comment 
> related
> to some functor, however variables have no context associated with them,
> so it is impossible to do this.
> Is there a reason why?

It has always struck me as a mistake not to associate contexts with
variable terms.
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