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protocols, messages, cords, oh my!
yet another alternative, btw, is to use a special character to
indicate the separation between protocol name and message/cord name.
This would ease parsing and allow us to eliminate restrictions on the
number of words in a message.
Using a colon as the separator in a cord type conflicts with the
current lexical distinction between keywords and unquoted values. Of
course we could use a different separator; or, we could rewrite the
lexical distinction so that colons are acceptable in an unquoted value
so long as they are not located at its _end_. Of course, then we'd
also have to go without 'null' cord names. Finally, we could just use
colons and quote them. I just think colons look nice.