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Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 19:26:47 GMT From: oleg@xxxxxxxxx Suppose an application reads an input data stream: 1.0 2.0 3.0 #,(pi) 4.0 Suppose a reader failed to make sense of the #,(pi) form, and per SRFI-10 suggestion, has read is as (pi). It appears likely that the application will detect this error as the application expects the read function return inexact numbers rather than lists. It's likely that the application will detect it, but it is far from guarenteed. Consider the following. (let ((pi (lambda () 3.1))) (list 1.0 2.0 3.0 #,(pi) 4.0)) Just think how hard it will be to track down the problem of `pi' not being a legitimate ,# tag. The more I write about this the more I wonder why I have put that phrase about erroneous #,() forms in the first place. I really don't want to get into reading exceptions, syntax error reporting and all that. This should be especially true because SRFI-10 doesn't have anyway of defining new ,# tags. Why talk about an error that you provide no way to commit? -Richard Kelsey