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Re: Why there is no char type?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Why there is no char type?
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 09:03:12 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

"Stephen J. Turnbull" <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup writes:
>  > "Stephen J. Turnbull" <address@hidden> writes:
>  > 
>  > > Leo writes:
>  > >
>  > >  > As the subject line suggested.
>  > >
>  > > You're using the wrong 'macs, that's why.
>  > 
>  > The right one, you mean.
> Not if he wants a char type in Lisp.

He asked why there wasn't one.  If he unconditionally wanted one without
wanting to hear reasons, he supposedly would have said so (likely
including asking where to get a different Emacs).

> Both XEmacs and SXEmacs have such a type, and it far more frequently
> leads to detection of bugs than it causes incompatibilities with code
> written for Emacs.

I have a hard time imagining that since automatic conversions in both
directions are in place for compatibility IIRC.  Could you point to a
few instances of these frequently detected bugs from your bug tracker?

David Kastrup

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