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Re: / and \
- To: MOON at MIT-MC
- Subject: Re: / and \
- From: Earl A. Killian <EAK at MIT-MC>
- Date: Sat ,24 Jan 81 02:38:00 EDT
- Cc: LISP-FORUM at MIT-MC
Date: 01/23/81 03:36:10
From: Moon at MIT-AI
What should the \ function be renamed to? Is \\ reasonable?
Maybe "%" would be a better quote character, given the natural
symmetry between / and \. Is this the Interlisp character? Oh
shit, the LispM uses this all over for internal frobs, doesn't
it? Of course, %% would look even more internal!
I guess it isn't necessary to worry about fixnum-only names for
these, since computer manufacturers perversely don't provide the
operation anyway. ... As far as I know, everyone agrees that the
present \\ (fixnum gcd) is useless and can simply be flushed.
As to fixnum versions of things: if you want them, you might as
well use Ixxx, where xxx is the generic name. E.g. IGCD. I
don't see why every random arithmetic function needs a single
character name (indeed there's MIN and MAX).