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Re: How does one use a macro in a special form?

From: Daniel Jensen
Subject: Re: How does one use a macro in a special form?
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 20:00:48 +0200
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Alan Mackenzie<address@hidden> writes:

> In particular, I want to use a macro acm-indent++ within a let (or let*),

You can't. Let is a special form and does not follow conventional
evaluation rules.

> The macro acm-indent++ looks like this:
> (defmacro acm-indent++ ()
>   "Increase the level of indentation in an acm-printf output by binding 
> indent-spaces.
> This form must appear \"comma\"d in a let/let* variable list."
>   `(indent-spaces (concat indent-spaces "    ")))

Use something like this instead:

(defmacro with-extra-indent-spaces (&rest body)
  `(let ((indent-spaces (concat indent-spaces "    ")))

(let (...)

> Question:  does the "," operator have meaning when not within a backquote
> expression?

No. Then it's just a character. It is only an "operator" inside
backquoted forms.

Daniel Jensen
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