Subject: Re: format for list printing
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/09/05
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

| I see no reason for format not to be a "full fledged programming
| language".  Since i/o is irrelevant to the language per se (Lisp, C,
| Pascal and Fortran all have similar output formatting facilities, with
| LIsp having the hairiest by far), I wonder why there is no
| text-formatting library that could be used from any language.

first, there was `format'.  it was inbred over lots of generations and
acquired malign cancer in the colon, atsign, dollar, and percent.  this
gave birth to "perl".

so, no, you don't want `format' to be a full-fledged programming language.

404 You're better off without that file.  Trust me.