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Re: [Scheme-reports] ANN: first draft of R7RS small language available

On Sun, 24 Apr 2011 15:50:15 -0400, Andre van Tonder <andre@x>  

> On Sun, 24 Apr 2011, Aaron W. Hsu wrote:
>> On Sun, 24 Apr 2011 15:34:23 -0400, Andre van Tonder  
>> <andre@x> wrote:
>>> The latter behaviour may be compatible with the document in systems in  
>>> which all identifiers are considered implicitly bound at toplevel, so  
>>> the DEFINE would be like a SET!
>> Even in systems where this is the case, and Chez in particular, this  
>> does not do this.
> I thinkthe reason Chez does not doi this is becasue you are replacing a  
> syntactic binding for ELSE by a variable binding, so the DEFINE is not  
> like a SET!.  IF the original binding of  ELSE was a variable binding,  
> the define would be like a SET! and the ELSE clause would match.

It does not matter whether the else is a syntactic binding or a variable  
binding. Chez behaves the same in either case regarding this. Take this  
for example:

> (library (a)
     (export test else)
     (import (except (chezscheme) else))
     (define-syntax test
       (syntax-rules (else)
         [(_ else) 'else] [(_ blah) #f]))
     (define else #f))
> (import (a))
> (test else)
> (test x)
> (define else #t)
> (test else)

The definition actually alters the lexical binding; library exports are  
immutable, and thus a redefinition is more like a shadowing than a set!.

	Aaron W. Hsu

Programming is just another word for the lost art of thinking.

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