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how to pass a keyword as an argument?
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Maybe you have solved that already, but just for clarification:
If keywords are just constants (like integers), but
procedure application recognizes these keywords to
supply keyword-arguments, then how do I pass a keyword
value to a procedure?
Is there any syntactic difference at the call site,
can I determine from (paint color: "red")
whether paint has
one (named color:) or two arguments (a keyword and
As an alternative, the ambiguity would go away if
syntax extension requires parentheses for the keyword-
arguments. This might even allow simple implementations
as 'implicitly defined procedures', i.e. each identifier
ending in ':', say <keyword>:, is defined as
(lambda args (apply make-option '<keyword>
where <keyword> is a lexical variable. The only
to procedure calls is that they collect all the optional
arguments in a special variable available to the procedure.
It boils down to syntax like (paint (color: "red")
[I am in favor of your mechanism for named arguments
would like to explore the implications and alternatives.]