I have decided to give up on maintaining compatibility with Eiffel, at least for the time being. My original plan was to try to keep Fine so that it would compile Eiffel programs, Fine programs, or a mixture of the two. But I'm finding it difficult to accomplish all I want as it is and trying to maintain compatibility just makes it more difficult. I also find that I disagree more with some of the latest additions to Eiffel and I don't want them in Fine at all. For example, I don't like the "once" string thing at all. To me it makes the code look confusing. If anyone reading this has strong objections, please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org).