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If Common Lisp is a fundamentalist religion (the Aluminum Edition is the
Word of God) and not subject to debate, on grounds of taste, efficiency,
or portability, then please remove me from the DL -- any further
discussion is senseless.
I believe the issue about EQ vs EQL in Catch and Throw tags is *not* an
issue of taste, but rather an instance of one of the minor ways in which
"Common Lisp" could fail to meet one of its initial goals: being a
portable dialect. Insofar as a valid Common Lisp expression which is not
"it is an error" could work differently and unpredictably in one
implementation of the spec and another, then the language isn't portable
and "common" is a myth.
- From: Skef Wholey <Wholey@CMU-CS-C.ARPA>