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string as vector of fixnums ?
> Date: Sat, 12 Dec 87 16:26:03+0900
> From: Masayuki Ida
> A Question on the history;
> When try to get a component of a string as a number, we must
> get it as a character and then coerce it to number type.
> I think it is ridiculous.
The problem is that the numbers aren't portable but the characters are.
#\A is always #\A, but it isn't always 65. I believe Common Lisp does
not represent characters as numbers because it was trying for a more
abstract representation and to get away from the notion that each
character was a particular number.
I suspect it is relatively rare for anyone to want the number associated
with a character, and so requiring an extra step to get the number does
not seem so bad a thing.
Jeff Dalton, JANET: J.Dalton@uk.ac.ed
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