Minor typographic point:
This seems to be supposed to represent IPA (international phonetic alphabet), like you’d see in a dictionary, see here: “word” is noted as /wɜːd/. See those slashes? Those are regular slashes. Those are the slashes you are supposed to use. A backslash, as used by the zeal website, has pretty much no typographic purpose. It’s ugly and useless — that is why we use it as escape character, because no sane person would use it for anything. Especially not something important, such as a path separator (you know who you are). There is no reason you’d ever want to use a backslash in text.
And even still, the slashes are meant to go around the IPA. So it should have been:
I see this occuring more and more, especially non-english-speaking folks using backslashes where they should have used regular slashes. I blame this on a large software company that, for legacy reasons, chose them as path separator because otherwise they wouldn’t be able to properly parse command line arguments.
See Backslash#Usage and IPA#Types of Transcription for more detail.
Bizarrely, Merriam-Webster uses backslashes and disagrees with other dictionaries (which more often use /zil/ or /zi:l/), as well as (somewhat redundantly) using the primary stress sigil on a single-syllable word. (Just a tidbit found after a short investigation.)
I’d also like to know if z[=e]l is written using a different standard of phonetic alphabet, as I’ve never seen that format before and would have no idea how to pronounce it.
It’s an interesting idea. I tried to use REBL to walk through a datomic dB, but I couldn’t make it to work.
I understand it’s a work in progress, but I don’t see what it’s supposed to do.
What does it offer over a regular REPL or something like Slime?