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- To: Masinter at PARC-MAXC
- From: Jeffrey P. Golden <JPG at MIT-MC>
- Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1982 20:44:00 -0000
- Cc: common-lisp at SU-AI
Date: 13-Sep-82 11:21:15 PDT (Monday)
From: Masinter at PARC-MAXC
Subject: Re: Case
If the majority of programmers prefer lower case to upper as a way of
reading their programs, programs should defaultly print out in lower case.
Given a case-insensitive status-quo, should the reader coerce to lower
case rather than upper?
I agree with KMP's and GLS's responses to this.
I don't know what the majority of programmers prefer, but I've found many
programmers who prefer every which way: some lower case, some upper case,
some like to capitalize the first letter of names, some like to
capitalize LISP System names and quoted items but not variables.
I personally find talking about LISP easiest when code is capitalized while
descriptions are in mixed case so it is easy to separate the two by eye.