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[Chicken-janitors] #1613: MAke keywords and symbols distinct types

From: Chicken Trac
Subject: [Chicken-janitors] #1613: MAke keywords and symbols distinct types
Date: Mon, 06 May 2019 20:05:39 -0000

#1613: MAke keywords and symbols distinct types
 Reporter:  sjamaan                   |                 Owner:  sjamaan
     Type:  change request            |                Status:  new
 Priority:  major                     |             Milestone:  5.1
Component:  compiler                  |               Version:  5.0.0
 Keywords:  keywords, symbols, types  |  Estimated difficulty:  medium
 The attached patch makes keywords and symbols a distinct type. This avoids
 some problems with treating keywords as identifiers which used to be sort-
 of allowed, but now is causing trouble because there's no plist on

 Some of the defining forms reject keywords now, but there may be some we
 missed, and by making them completely distinct we fix these problems for
 good. For the vast majority of the code out there this is an unimportant
 change. Code which relies on `symbol?` returning `#t` for keywords will
 run into trouble (but is usually easy to fix by adding another `cond`
 clause for `keyword?`, which will happily be backwards compatible to older
 CHICKENs). There may be other obscure uses of keywords that will fail, but
 I can't really think of many.

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