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Re: A subtle question about naming

From: Brendan Halpin
Subject: Re: A subtle question about naming
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 22:08:56 +0100
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"jronald" <> writes:

> Why use auto-mode-alist, but not auto-mode-list? 

Because it's an association-list, not just an ordinary list. 

Elements of association-lists are cons-pairs, e.g (a . b), and we
can use the assoc function to find matches:

(assoc "potato"
       '(("apple" . "fruit") ("potato" . "vegetable") ("icecream" .
evaluates to ("potato" . "vegetable")

Brendan Halpin,  Department of Sociology,  University of Limerick,  Ireland
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