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Using backticks rather than quotes for special functions #280

webbedfeet opened this Issue Jun 13, 2017 · 1 comment


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webbedfeet commented Jun 13, 2017


I would like to suggest an improvement to the "Seeking Help" episode (

For the special functions you suggest ?"+", for example. Can I suggest changing or at least showing the option of using backticks, i.e., @@###?`+`. I personally like the distinction of reserving backticks for function specifications to avoid confusion with strings. I understand that the markdown might be a bit trickier to write, but for a new learner keeping functions separate from strings might be a good idea



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naupaka commented Jun 16, 2017

Hi @webbedfeet thanks for the suggestion. I think you are right to pick up on the fact that this is a bit confusing, and on how the not-so-obvious difference between quoted strings vs quoted infix functions.

My personal preference would be to just take it out altogether, and just demonstrate the use of the ? for help on a normal function, like ?plot. IMO, using backticks for infix operators seems a little in the weeds for so early in the material.

fmichonneau pushed a commit that referenced this issue Jun 19, 2018

Merge pull request #280 from katrinleinweber/patch-3
Rename CoC file to align with GitHub's Community Profile expectation
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