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Visible dependent quantification
This implements GHC proposal 35 (https://github.com/ghc-proposals/ghc-proposals/blob/master/proposals/0035-forall-arrow.rst) by adding the ability to write kinds with visible dependent quantification (VDQ). Most of the work for supporting VDQ was actually done _before_ this patch. That is, GHC has been able to reason about kinds with VDQ for some time, but it lacked the ability to let programmers directly write these kinds in the source syntax. This patch is primarly about exposing this ability, by: * Changing `HsForAllTy` to add an additional field of type `ForallVisFlag` to distinguish between invisible `forall`s (i.e, with dots) and visible `forall`s (i.e., with arrows) * Changing `Parser.y` accordingly The rest of the patch mostly concerns adding validity checking to ensure that VDQ is never used in the type of a term (as permitting this would require full-spectrum dependent types). This is accomplished by: * Adding a `vdqAllowed` predicate to `TcValidity`. * Introducing `splitLHsSigmaTyInvis`, a variant of `splitLHsSigmaTy` that only splits invisible `forall`s. This function is used in certain places (e.g., in instance declarations) to ensure that GHC doesn't try to split visible `forall`s (e.g., if it tried splitting `instance forall a -> Show (Blah a)`, then GHC would mistakenly allow that declaration!) This also updates Template Haskell by introducing a new `ForallVisT` constructor to `Type`. Fixes #16326. Also fixes #15658 by documenting this feature in the users' guide.
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