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A New &IGNORE keyword
- To: "common-lisp" <common-lisp@su-ai.ARPA>
- Subject: A New &IGNORE keyword
- From: "BACH::GREEK" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 22 Apr 1986 13:34:00 -0000
- Reply-to: "BACH::GREEK" <email@example.com>
Well, that'll teach me to send out mail without first reading all of
my new messages. Since I proposed the same thing as Dave Touretzky,
I must agree with him. Scott has a reasonable objection in that
all other &-keywords are punctuation, not actual placeholders. It's
not really the case that users can scan a lambda list and assume each
top-level item in the list grabs one of the arguments. That's certainly
not true for &REST, &BODY, or &ALLOW-OTHER-KEYS. I'm not really
bothered by an &-keyword that actually stands for an argument.
All in all, however, I agree that the IGNORE declaration is sufficient.