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results of a case poll
- To: common-lisp@su-ai
- Subject: results of a case poll
- From: UCB-KIM:jkf (John Foderaro)
- Date: Wed, 08 Sep 1982 03:06:00 -0000
Here are the result of a poll I took of Franz Lisp users about their use of
Results of the case sensitivity poll.
As the letters came in, I assigned each of them a number. Below I've listed
the results by number so that you can see how the answers correlated.
Some people only answered a few of the questions (some none at all).
The text of all the letters is at mit-mc in the file "ucb;cases text"
(and for Berkeley people it is in kim:~jkf/surv)
1) Do you use the fact that Franz Lisp is case sensitive, that is do you
use variables with capital letters?
summary: yes: 31/39 = 79% no: 8/39 = 21%
If yes, do you ever have two different variables whose names differ only
summary: yes: 16/28 = 57% no: 12/28 = 43%
[When I refer to 'variable' I mean a symbol to which you assign a
value ( to distinguish it from something used just for
printing, as in (print 'Results). ]
2) If a case-insensitive Common Lisp was the only lisp available on your
machine would you:
a) use it without complaint about the case-insensitivity
b) ask the person in charge of Common Lisp at your site to add a switch
to disable the code that maps all characters to the same case, thus
making it possible for each user to make Common Lisp case-sensitive.
summary: a: 12/36 = 33% b: 24/36 = 67%
3) Do you prefer an operating system to be case-sensitive (like Unix and
Multics) or case-insensitive (like Tops-10, Tops-20, Tenex, etc etc).
summary: sensitive: 24/31 = 77% insensitive: 7/31 = 23%