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not about suggestion for ballot: :allow-other-keys
- To: Scott E. Fahlman <Fahlman at CMU-CS-C>
- Subject: not about suggestion for ballot: :allow-other-keys
- From: MOON at SCRC-TENEX
- Date: Wed, 11 May 1983 00:26:00 -0000
- Cc: common-lisp at SU-AI
- In-reply-to: The message of Tue 10 May 1983 18:57 EDT from Scott E. Fahlman <Fahlman@CMU-CS-C>
Date: Tue, 10 May 1983 18:57 EDT
From: Scott E. Fahlman <Fahlman@CMU-CS-C>
In-reply-to: Msg of 10 May 1983 15:26-EDT from David A. Moon <MOON%SCRC-TENEX%MIT-MC at SU-DSN>
I've always thought that &allow-other-keys was a crock, and that
unrecognized keywords should just be quietly ignored.
Does this mean you also think that missing required arguments should
default to nil and extraneous arguments should be quietly ignored?
Note that I said that supplying an unrecognized keyword "is an error",
not "signals an error." This was quite deliberate. I also never said
whether the checking was done at run time, link time, or compile time,
also quite deliberately. The rest of your message speaks for itself.