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Moon's proposal for #, and van Roggen's are both equally restricitve, I
think. The question is simply one of whether the user is required to
quote the expression containing the #, or whether #, quotes itself
implicitly. It seems to me that Moon's proposal wins on three counts:
1. Under Moon's scheme, #, could be used in any context that wants a
constant, not just within a (QUOTE ...) form. If #, supplies an
implicit quote, that leads to double quoting if you use it in
2. As Moon says, this is already in use in Zetalisp, so we may as well
remain compatible with their convention.
3. If #, were to supply an implicit quote, it would no longer be
analogous to #. Bugs and confusion would result.