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Issue: KEYWORD-ARGUMENT-NAME-PACKAGE (Revision 1)
- To: Kent M Pitman <KMP@SCRC-STONY-BROOK.ARPA>
- Subject: Issue: KEYWORD-ARGUMENT-NAME-PACKAGE (Revision 1)
- From: "Scott E. Fahlman" <Fahlman@C.CS.CMU.EDU>
- Date: Fri, 1 May 1987 22:34 EDT
- Cc: CL-Cleanup@SAIL.STANFORD.EDU
- In-reply-to: Msg of 21 Apr 1987 15:51-EDT from Kent M Pitman <KMP at STONY-BROOK.SCRC.Symbolics.COM>
- Sender: FAHLMAN@C.CS.CMU.EDU
I have had applications which for various reasons I can't go
into in detail where I needed to have a keyword which no one
but myself would use.
Come on, doesn't anyone have a short, coherent example that demonstrates
the need for a non-keyword as a "keyword" argument? If the goal is to
have publically accessible functions that take hidden arguments, I'd
like to see an explanation of the need for this. Seems to me like a
pretty bogus way to do encapsulation, but maybe I'm missing something.
Testimonials are fine, but it's going to be hard to sell this proposal
without a coherent explanation.