Subject: Re: case sensitivity
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1998/06/03
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Scott L. Burson
| That's one way to put it.  One could also say that while INTERN is
| case-sensitive, READ is not (precisely because it translates).  From this
| perspective, the truth of "CL (as a whole) is case-sensitive" is not
| well-defined.

  I quite agree with Kent Pitman that CL is case-sensitive.  CL would be
  case-insensitive if INTERN ignored case.  the reader can ignore case or
  preserve it or do some perverse magic through READTABLE-CASE accessor on

  however, there is one place in the standard that puzzles me.
  Tilde Slash: Call Function (in 22.3 Formatted Output) reads:

All of the characters in name are treated as if they were upper case.

  I find this curious.  was editing instructions for this clause neglected
  when READTABLE-CASE was voted on?

#:Erik, who likes :INVERT
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