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Re: patch for woman (woman-topic-at-point)

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: patch for woman (woman-topic-at-point)
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 22:28:26 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> > OTOH at a first glance *I* don't expect a control structures such as
>> > `when' to return any useful value when the conditional clause fails.
>> > But maybe I've been doing too much Scheme these days. (no, surely not
>> You're just suffering from one of the many places where Scheme is
>> too imperative.  For once, Elisp is more functional in this case.

> one-armed `if' when the condition is false has unspecified value.
> that's not "too imperative", just "underspecified" (for some tastes).
> see info node: "(r5rs) Conditionals".

Since it's unspecified, you can't rely on its value, so you end up using
that form in an imperative style.  I.e. "too" imperative.


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