Subject: readable syntax for control characters in strings
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1996/10/29
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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would an ANSI Common Lisp implementation that allowed the single-escape
character followed by a character other than the single-escape character or
the double-quote in string literals to mean something other than that
character be conforming?

example: according to the specification: "foo\nbar" is interpreted as a
7-character string whose fourth element is #\n.  would an implementation
that returned a string whose fourth element were #\Newline be conforming?

Those who do not know Lisp are doomed to reimplement it.