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Tasks: A Reminder and Plea
- To: common-lisp at SU-AI
- Subject: Tasks: A Reminder and Plea
- From: Guy.Steele at CMU-10A
- Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1982 23:01:00 -0000
At the November meeting, a number of issues were deferred with the
understanding that certain people would make concrete proposals for
consideration and inclusion in the second draft of the manual. I
promised to get the second draft out in January, and to do that I need
those proposals pretty soon. I am asking to get them in two weeks (by
January 15). Ideally they would already be in SCRIBE format, but I'll
settle for any reasonable-looking ASCII file of text approximately in
the style of the manual. BOLIO files are okay too; I can semi-automate
BOLIO to SCRIBE conversion. I would prefer not to get rambling prose,
outlines, or sentence fragments; just nice, clean, crisp text that
requires only typographical editing before inclusion in the manual.
(That's the goal, anyway; I realize I may have to do some
industrial-strength editing for consistency.) A list of the outstanding
GLS: Propose a method for allowing special forms to have a dual
implementation as both a macro (for user and compiler convenience)
and as a fexpr (for interpreter speed). Create a list of primitive
special forms not easily reducible via macros to other primitives.
As part of this suggest an alternative to FUNCTIONP of two arguments.
MOON: Propose a rigorous mathematical formulation of the treatment
of the optional tolerance-specification argument for MOD and REMAINDER.
(I had a crack at this and couldn't figure it out, though I think I
GLS: Propose specifications for lexical catch, especially a good name for it.
Everybody: Propose a clean and consistent declaration system.
MOON/DLW/ALAN: Propose a cleaned-up version of LOOP. Alter it to handle
most interesting sequence operations gracefully.
SEF: Propose a complete set of keyword-style sequence operations.
GLS: Propose a set of functional-style sequence operations.
GJC/RLB: Polish the VAXMAX proposal for feature sets and #+ syntax.
ALAN: Propose a more extensible character-syntax definition system.
GLS: Propose a set of functions to interface to a filename/pathname
system in the spirit of the LISP Machine's.
LISPM: Propose a new error-handling system.
LISPM: Propose a new package system.