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a historical inquiry

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Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1987 19:14:00 -0000
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From: "Scott E. Fahlman" <Fahlman@C.CS.CMU.EDU>
To:   Gregory Weeks <hplb29a!hplbgw!weeks@HPLABS.HP.COM>
Cc:   common-lisp@SAIL.STANFORD.EDU
Subject: a historical inquiry
In-reply-to: Msg of 5 Feb 1987  13:30-EST from Gregory Weeks <hplb29a!hplbgw!weeks at hplabs.HP.COM>

Special values (or dynamic scoping, if you prefer) are very useful in
some situations.  There was never any suggestion that we eliminate them
completely, and I don't think there would be today.  All of the
discussion was about whether Lexical or dynamic scoping should be the

-- Scott