There are lots of ways to ask questions about ranges:

(1, 5) contains x?

x is_in (1, 5)

Today I was looking at some C code and saw this common pattern:

1 < x && x < 5

And, really, the natural way to represent this would be:

1 < x < 5

But that doesn't work in any language I'm familiar with, because their logic is more machine-focussed. The result of operator < from the right expression would be passed to the first operator and therefore compared with 1. Or it just wouldn't be allowed.

I'd like a language that supported this syntax. It's inconsistent, looked at in conventional ways - because it's not generally meaningful:

1 < 3 > 4 == 2 >= 7

But we are inconsistent, and our natural languages reflect that. I think I'd like a programming language that did, too. There are - there must be - limits to this, and there are undoubtedly implementation problems. Problems, too, of ambiguity - too much idiosyncracy heads in the direction of unreadable code. I'm interested in exploring those boundaries, and I think I'd probably put

1 < x < 3

or even

1 < x <= 3

on the side of good.

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