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Re: "Bringing GNU Emacs to Native Code" at the European Lisp Symposium

From: Andrea Corallo
Subject: Re: "Bringing GNU Emacs to Native Code" at the European Lisp Symposium
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 18:57:51 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.3 (gnu/linux)

Drew Adams <address@hidden> writes:

>> As the reference in the previous phrase explains
>> this is just about what we control in Emacs with
>> the `lexical-binding' variable.
> Dunno what previous phrase you refer to.  That
> variable isn't mentioned in the paper (other
> than appearing in a code example).
> A suggestion would be to be explicit about this
> in the future - or else explain the phrase.

I was referring to the phrase just before the one we are discussing:

"We point out that, since Emacs Lisp received in 2012 lexical scope
support, two different sub-languages are currently coexisting [15,
Sec. 8.1]."

> I personally think the phrase used is confusing,
> and perhaps misleading.  Yes, one could argue
> that variable `lexical-binding' kind of splits
> Elisp currently into two languages.  But that's
> not a usual way of looking at it, and it's not
> the way that Emacs talks about itself.

I agree with you that could have been stated more clearly without
assuming the user had visited the reference (this is not a correct

>> Apologies if you think this could have been
>> phrased better, I hope the misunderstanding
>> is clarified.
> No need to apologize, at all.  It's clear to me
> now; thank you for clarifying.
> And thanks for the great work (!) and clear
> paper about it.

Thanks again.



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