Hello, Swift community.
The first review of SE-0397 ran from April 27th through May 8th. Feedback was light but positive.
There was an interesting question raised during the review about how these freestanding declaration macros interact with non-freestanding macros applied to it. The immediate answer to this is straightforward: the reviewed version of SE-0397 does not allow attributes or modifiers to be applied to the freestanding macro site, and so direct interaction is impossible. However, it is reasonable to ask how this should interact, and the author has revised the proposal to try to answer this.
The Language Workgroup is otherwise satisfied with this proposal. Accordingly, SE-0397 is accepted in principle on all other aspects, and its review is extended until May 22nd, 2023, for the narrow purpose of reviewing the additional proposed support for putting modifiers and attributes on freestanding macros.
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