Subject: Re: strings and characters
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/03/17
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Pekka P. Pirinen
| Who replaced #:Erik with a bad imitation?


| You've read a different standard than I, since many places actually say
| "of type CHARACTER or a subtype" -- superfluously, since the glossary
| entry for "subtype" says "Every type is a subtype of itself."

  sigh.  this is so incredibly silly it isn't worth responding to.

| I suspect it was removed because it was realized that there would have to
| be many types of STRING (at least 8-byte and 16-byte), and hence there
| wasn't a single subtype of CHARACTER that would be associated with
| strings.  Whatever the reason, we can only go by what the standard says.

  the STRING type is a union type, and there are no other union types in
  Common Lisp.  this should give you a pretty powerful hint, if you can get
  away from your "bad imitation" attitude problem and actually listen, but
  I guess that is not very likely at this time.