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Re: Confusion over character objects
- To: KMP at MIT-MC
- Subject: Re: Confusion over character objects
- From: Robert W. Kerns <RWK at MIT-MC>
- Date: Thu ,14 Aug 80 23:10:00 EDT
- Cc: ALAN at MIT-MC, LISP-FORUM at MIT-MC, NIL-I at MIT-MC
#/ *NEVER* generates anything except fixnums. In NIL, MACLISP of any flavor,
FRANZ, or LISPM. The NIL syntax for character objects is ~x, not #/x.
The reason for character objects is that you can't tell that '111' is a
representation of a character by looking at it, let alone that it is 'o'.
It is not necessary to have character objects to have character-set
independence. All that is required is that your references to whatever
representation of characters actually use that character so that converting
your source file converts the references. #/o satisfies that.