some more about Re: Why not LISP (was: HLL and misa)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 20:06:12 +0200
this thread is too tedious to follow, i give up.
just too many quotes, no ligne claire. please keep quotes minimal,
otherwise i won't read your message or even quit the list.
you all have to settle on unique definitions of the terms you use in your
discussion. i associate two meanings with the term `s-expression':
1. any syntactic expression parseable by a lisp reader. that includes the
textual representation of all lisp types, not just lists. the sexpr
will be parsed into an object in the lisp memory. if the expression
denotes a list, this could be a cons but doesn't have to be (it might be
a vector, for example), depending on the reader.
2. an object in lisp memory, representing a list of expressions
(represented by objects in memory), that might
be used as an argument to the evauator. this could be a cons but
doesn't have to be, depending on the evaluator.
stating that i don't know where the term sexpression comes from, or if
there is an official definition, i propose you use the term `syntactic
expression' when you refer to string representations and `expression in
memory' (or just `expression' for short) for the other ones.