[Openmcl-devel] Error on macro character after sharpsign colon
ron at flownet.com
Tue Jan 26 14:59:32 PST 2010
On Jan 26, 2010, at 2:17 PM, Terje Norderhaug wrote:
> On Jan 26, 2010, at 1:58 PM, Ron Garret wrote:
>> This has nothing to do with uninterned symbols.
> Don't let the particular situation lead you astray: This does have to
> do with reading of uninterned symbols. Rather than loading a third
> party module, I could just as well have written the uninterned symbol
> "#:<" in my own code and expected it to be read without error, just
> as "<" would be read as a symbol.
If tokens were first-class entities that might be a reasonable expectation, but they aren't. If you think through the process in detail you will see that having "<" be read as a (possibly interned) symbol by a user-defined reader macro function is fundamentally incompatible with "#:<" being read as an uninterned symbol.
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