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- To: (BUG LISP) at MIT-MC
- From: JPG at MIT-MC (Jeffrey P. Golden)
- Date: Mon, 22 Oct 79 07:31:00 GMT
- Cc: RJF at MIT-MC, RWK at MIT-MC, JPG at MIT-MC
- Original-date: 22 OCT 1979 0331-EDT
I am in favor of the proposed CR change. However, it would
certainly cause some trouble to MACSYMA if things were changed.
(1) MACSYMA SAVE files are written to by using PRINT and CRs are generated
by default in LISP when very long atoms (e.g. numbers) are printed.
I do not relish having to mend user's SAVE files to support this change.
Perhaps if any change here were switchable at least for some reasonable
period of time while LISP stopped behaving in TERPRI NIL mode wrt
printing very long atoms, things would be ok.
(2) A similar problem occurs on the user input end. People would have
to train themselves to overflow lines without typing CR when inputting
long atoms. I suppose this is not too much to ask.
(3) When I used to use ML's LPT, it used to overprint horribly when
outputting atoms > its linel in length. (I.e. when no newlines were used.)
Is it really the case that there are no similar lossages today, that if
one tries to print out a very long atom that one will win no matter what
the output device is, i.e. no obliterating overprinting will occur?