Pascal Costanza <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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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