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- To: (BUG LMMAN) at MIT-AI
- From: RMS@MIT-AI
- Date: 05/22/78 04:31:44
1) Backquote's usefulness is not particularly restricted
to macros. I think that it should be documented where
LIST and CONS are documented, or where regular quote is documented,
or some such place, instead of under macros.
2) The documentation on macros follows the mathematical
order, defining everything before it is used. This makes it
unmotivating for the newcomer, who will get turned off
by the ugly macros that don't use ` or defmacro, and
will give up without realizing that macros are really easy to use.
3) While SETF is a macro, it is so fundamental that
people shouldn't have to have read about macros to have heard
about it. The action of SETF is no more mysterious to a beginner
than the action of SETQ.