Subject: Re: Name for the set of characters legal in identifiers
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 14 Jan 2004 17:47:50 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* james anderson
| upon experimentation, however, i observe that

  Your experiment has only uncovered that it is impossible to override
  the package marker status of colon.  Other than that, you have only
  clobbered the constituent traits of all characters, forcing them the
  same as for #\a.  It is unclear which hypotheses your experiment has
  actually tested.

  This goes to show that : must always be escaped if it is to be part
  of a symbol name, however, further complicating the "name" for the
  set of allowable characters in a symbol.

Erik Naggum | Oslo, Norway

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