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Re: Real constants

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: Re: Real constants
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 20:12:33 -0400

     - True constants can prevent some kinds of problems.

      - The Emacs code already uses true constants, like
    `enable-multibyte-characters', and keywords. Was that for

enable-multibyte-characters is not a constant.  It is a special
builtin weird hack.  Keywords are a specific feature.

These were useful in specific ways.  Are user-defined constants
useful in specific ways?

    > Please don't propose new Emacs features for mere completeness' sake.

    Please don't assume you know people's motivations or needs.

No motive was mentioned for adding a primitive to set the flag except
that the flag exists.  That's "completeness' sake".

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