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Re: Proposals 2, 3, & 4
(a b c &optional d e &rest r &key x y &allow-other-keys)
This is not unlike the problem of getting the command line
information into an application program. There are two options:
1. pass it unedited to the application program, or
2. do some primitive parsing on it, then pass it to the program.
#2 saves work for the user, but may lose information. #1 may be
a pain, but should always work (even in a semi-portable
I like your proposal. Some might object that the symbol names
may be not carried around at run-time, so you could encode it
(1 2 3 &optional 4 5 &rest 6 &key 7 8 &allow-other-keys)
or even (shudder!) as the following signature
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