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- To: (BUG LISP) at MIT-AI
- From: DKM@MIT-AI
- Date: Wed, 25 Oct 79 00:50:10 GMT
- Original-date: 10/24/79 20:50:10 EDT
1) People read a CR as being an end-of-symbol. For example, when you see a
you surely think of this as being two separate symbols, not one.
2) Novice LISP hackers expect a CR to terminate an atom. I know, having made
this mistake myself -- I want to find the value of FOO, so I type FOO<CR>
and soon begin to wonder about ITS's response time. Another place is in
typing in a long list of atoms: I type a CR at the end of a line and start
the next line; LISP ignores the CR, fouling things unnecessarily.
3) CR already has a meaning similar to terminate-symbol: It terminates a ; comment.
Are there any reasons not to change CR?