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Re: Whats wrong with this defcustom?


From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: Whats wrong with this defcustom?
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:06:02 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4.50 (gnu/linux)

() Robert Thorpe <address@hidden>
() Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:46:10 +0100

   '(something) is just an abbreviation for
   (quote something).

This is not correct.

 '(something) ≡ (quote (something))
 which evals to a list of one element, the symbol ‘something’
 i.e., => (something)

but

 (quote something) ≡ 'something
 which evals to the symbol ‘something’
 i.e., => something

Also, i think it's better to say "evals to" rather than "returns".
The latter strikes me as indicative of a function-call context.
OTOH, ‘eval’ is a function, so i suppose YMMV...  :-D

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