Message from discussion help w/ &key in macros
From: Erik Naggum <c...@naggum.no>
Subject: Re: help w/ &key in macros
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* David Bakhash
| is there some significance to the dot `.' before and after the
| `arguments'? i.e. what are the dots for?
to me, such dots communicate "internal use". in a macro, you would
typically have used an uninterned symbol to avoid problems, except that
this would make the argument list less than useful. "&rest .arguments."
at least says something moderately useful.
(remember that all characters can be part of symbol names, and that
people adopt many conventions to deal with cognitive overload. *foo* for
specials is a pretty solid convention, many use +foo+ for constants, some
use .foo. for internal use, I used class names like <foo> for a while,
and perhaps there are some even less widely used conventions. :)
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