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- To: RWK at MIT-MC
- From: Carl W. Hoffman <CWH at MIT-MC>
- Date: Mon ,18 Aug 80 09:22:00 EDT
- Cc: LISP-FORUM at MIT-MC
Date: 17 August 1980 23:10-EDT
From: Robert W. Kerns <RWK at MIT-MC>
Because when I look at code and see "<", I think "Aha, fixnums are
being compared", and when I see "CHAR-<" I think "Aha, characters
are being compared.
While I agree with the objections you raised in your most recent message, I
disagree with this one. (> NEXT-CHAR #/A) makes it fairly clear that
characters are being compared, just as (> ITEM-COUNT ITEM-LIMIT) makes it
clear that integral quantities are being dealt with. Granted this is an
informal convention, but if type information is present in the operand
names, it shouldn't be necessary in the operator names as well.