Subject: Re: RFC: Lisp/Scheme with less parentheses through Python-like significant  indentation?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/08/14
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Lieven Marchand <>
| I think the denotational semantics they add to describe each feature
| is only understood by a very small percentage of the readers of the
| standard and doesn't add much.

  I considered it a show-off and paid no attention to it whatsoever.

| One of the best standards I've read is the ANSI-C(89) one.  ISO
| mutilated it by eliminating the Rationale. The Ada-95 is very good
| to and a vast improvement over the Ada-83.

  I worked a lot with Ada 83 in the mid- to late 80's and found it
  appealing that the compilers referred directly to the clauses in the
  standard.  That helped me familiarize myself with the standard in a
  useful way.  What little I have read of Ada 95 is indeed impressive
  in clarity and language, but it is not enough to pass judgment on
  the whole huge document.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.