Colon

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The symbol :, pronounced “colon”, is used in Pascal in several ways:

  • in an identifier declaration it separates the type
    • most notably in var sections
    • but also in const sections (in case of explicitely typed constants)
    • procedure and function parameters have a type, too
    • and return values of functions (including operator overloads)
    • as well as properties
    • in general, everywhere where a new identifier associated with some memory, is introduced (also custom structured type definitions)
  • in case selectors it closes a match-list
  • in label definitions the colon seperates the instruction from the label name
  • also some routines, especially the Str, write and writeLn procedures accept further parameters via colon separated arguments
  • Offset / segment separation under DOS Mem[$B800:$0000]

The following example shows the most prevalent usage scenarios:

 1 program colonDemo(input, output, stderr);
 2 
 3 procedure numberReport(const i: int64);
 4 begin
 5 	case i of
 6 		low(i)..-1:
 7 		begin
 8 			writeLn('Your number is negative. ☹');
 9 		end;
10 		1..high(i):
11 		begin
12 			// right aligns to a width of 24 characters
13 			writeLn(i:24);
14 		end;
15 		else
16 		begin
17 			writeLn('You''ve entered zero.');
18 		end;
19 	end;
20 end;
21 
22 var
23 	i: int64;
24 
25 begin
26 	writeLn('Enter a number:');
27 	readLn(i);
28 	numberReport(i);
29 end.

other remarks

  • Colon appears in the assignment operator :=.
  • In ASCII the character colon : has the value 58.



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character pairs

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