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- To: Guy.Steele at CMU-10A
- Subject: Mini-ballot
- From: MOON at SCRC-TENEX
- Date: Mon, 08 Nov 1982 22:10:00 -0000
- Cc: common-lisp at SU-AI
- In-reply-to: The message of 8 Nov 1982 1649-EST () from Guy.Steele at CMU-10A
(1) (a) is the right thing. (c) is okay for now if we can't get agreement.
(b) is wrong-headed and unacceptable.
(2) I do not feel strongly that constants should not have asterisks,
but I would prefer that they don't so that there is a visual distinction
between constants and variables. Sometimes it is hard to decide what it
is a constant and what it is a variable, but the Common-Lisp defined
constants such as PI would be better without asterisks.
We could consider a prefix convention for the system-dependent constants
such as MOST-POSITIVE-SINGLE-FLOAT. I would prefer a package prefix such
as SYS: over the Lisp machine's % or NIL's *: for these. No prefix would
also be okay.