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Re: Help sought understanding shorthands wrt modules/packages

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Help sought understanding shorthands wrt modules/packages
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2022 23:13:46 -0400

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  > > Hi Gerd, I'm there one who implemented shorthands in Emacs, and i sure
  > > don't think they are a substitute for CL packages.

To ask whether something is a "substitute" for XYZ
presumes that XYZ is a good thing and does something useful.

If CL packages still have the misfeature of searching a list of
packages for one that has a symbol 'foobar' in it, and deciding
what `foobar' in your code means based on that,
then they are inexcusable bad design and we must not implement them.

If they no longer have that misfeature, maybe they are ok.

If you want `foo', when it occurs in certain files,
to refer to the symbol `hack:foo', the best way to do this
is to use a shorthand.  If CL doesn't have that search-list flaw,
maybe it should be implemented using shorthands as the underlying

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
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