Subject: Re: Who needs another Lisp _standard_? (Was: Re: islisp)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1998/09/09
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Jeff Dalton <>
| All I'm saying is that calling ISLISP a priori and CL a posteriori is an
| unfair oversimilification.

  I'd love to see a _fair_ oversimplification one day, too, but in the
  meantime, the question is pragmatic: does this oversimplification yield
  any valuable insight or understanding of a complex issue?  I say yes,
  because it is the essence of the two approaches, no matter how many
  _examples_ you can find to the contrary.  however, just as stating any
  opinion at all about Lisp will be branded "unfair" by at least one
  person, and you're quite often that person, Jeff, most of the time, it's
  worth the trouble of stating opinions.

| > I'm using "conservative" in the sense that it minimizes financial risk 
| > to the community (in my estimation).
| That isn't a standard meaning for "conservative", though.

  "conservative, adj, ... 3 a: tending or disposed to maintain existing
   views, conditions, or institutions: traditional, b: marked by moderation
   or caution."
			-- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary

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