Subject: Re: My guide to Lisp From: Erik Naggum <email@example.com> Date: 24 Aug 2002 02:41:10 +0000 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> * Christopher Browne | In Lisp, reader macros are part of the 'base language,' | http://www.cs.utsa.edu/research/AI/cltl/clm/node188.html, allowing you to | integrate extensions in, and, if you define your own custom *READTABLE*, | allowing you to build your own language parser. I think it is important to be aware that the syntax of Common Lisp is programmable and that the value of `*readtable*´ is not just some potentially extended syntax, it /is/ the syntax in which code is read. There is in fact no way to get around reader macros. ( invokes a reader macro. | In practice, it is usually used to provide relatively minor extensions. No, it is used to define the syntax of Common Lisp. -- Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder. Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.