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Re: character objects & randomness
- To: RWK at MIT-MC
- Subject: Re: character objects & randomness
- From: Jonathan A. Rees <JAR at MIT-MC>
- Date: Fri ,15 Aug 80 14:58:00 EDT
- Cc: ALAN at MIT-MC, LISP-FORUM at MIT-MC
Date: 14 August 1980 23:18-EDT
From: Robert W. Kerns <RWK at MIT-MC>
Would you change the MacLisp #/ to generate "character objects"
(symbols)? That would be an amazing loss. If we are only talking
about NIL, then I can live with it.
As in my previous note, this is somebody's brain bubble. Nobody,
absolutely nobody, has ever suggested to my knowledge making #/
generate "character objects".
Kerns, you are completely wrong that no one has suggested a different
meaning for #/. Steele proposed over a year ago that #/ return
"characters," which on systems that provoided them would mean
"character objects," but would otherwise probably mean "fixnums."
(Please read MC: NIL; CHPROP >.) I have been pushing this for months.
(I agree with Alan that Maclisp should NOT provide character
objects as such. But adherence to a character standard is an
independent issue from that of the existence of character objects.)