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By Guy L. Steele, Jr. ; with contributions by Scott E. Fahlman [and others] and with contributions to the 2nd ed. by Daniel G. Bobrow [and others].

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Numbers are provided in various forms and representations. Common Lisp provides a true integer data type: any integer, positive or negative, has in principle a representation as a Common Lisp data object, subject only to total memory limitations (rather than machine word width). A true rational data type is provided: the quotient of two integers, if not an integer, is a ratio. Floating-point numbers of various ranges and precisions are also provided, as well as Cartesian complex numbers. Characters represent printed glyphs such as letters or text formatting operations.

Table 1-3 illustrates the manner in which a named constant is documented. The first line specifies the name of the constant and the fact that it is a constant. ) Tables 1-4 and 1-5 illustrate the documentation of special forms and macros, which are closely related in purpose. These are very different from functions. Functions are called according to a single, specific, consistent syntax; the &optional/&rest/&key syntax specifies how the function uses its arguments internally but does not affect the syntax of a call.

In any event, only uppercase letters appear in the internal print names of symbols naming the standard Common Lisp facilities described in this book. 2 Data Types .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Common Lisp provides a variety of types of data objects. It is important to note that in Lisp it is data objects that are typed, not variables. Any variable can have any Lisp object as its value. (It is possible to make an explicit declaration that a variable will in fact take on one of only a limited set of values.

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