Subject: Re: Lisp also has a stutter?
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 23:18:11 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Pascal Costanza  <> wrote:
| Thomas F. Burdick wrote:
| > I still don't see why it couldn't be called
| > *pathname-defaults*. Anywhere that you can give an explicit default
| > will of course override the special variable. It's like if *readtable*
| > were called *default-readtable*.
| There is some talk about the standard readtable in the HyperSpec, but it 
| is not stored in a special variable. Otherwise it would probably be 
| called standard-readtable.

That's because it's not stored in a variable, but in a function call!!  ;-}


  (copy-readtable nil) ==>
     ...[fresh fresh readtable with] standard Common Lisp syntax, even
     if the initial readtable has been clobbered (assuming it is not
     so badly clobbered that you cannot type in the above expression).


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