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| Date: Sun, 02 Jan 2005 22:36:56 -0800 | From: Per Bothner <per@xxxxxxxxxxx> | | bear wrote: | | > At this point I have only one question: For a rank-5 | > array, why #5A(...) instead of #A5(...)? | | Maybe #A5 is marginally better, but I think compatibility | with the prior art of Common Lisp argues for #5A. That's | not an overwheming argument, but (I think) tips the scales | in favor of #5A. Yes. | More technical argument: What happens with a rank-0 array? | In APL this is equivalent to a scalar, and in any case a | rank-0 array has a single element. Given the choice | between #A0XXX and #0AXXX, the latter is better since the | former leads to ambiguities. Good point. In SCM: #0a237 ==> #0A 237 Our element sizes introduce a less severe ambiguity for rank=0: "#0a:real-32237" chokes SCM, but "#0a:real-32 237" works. Should we add that a delimiter must follow the #nA or #nA:typename prefix?