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set-syntax-from-char to-char from-char &optional to-readtable from-readtable => t

Arguments and Values:

to-char---a character.

from-char---a character.

to-readtable---a readtable. The default is the current readtable.

from-readtable---a readtable designator. The default is the standard readtable.


set-syntax-from-char makes the syntax of to-char in to-readtable be the same as the syntax of from-char in from-readtable.

set-syntax-from-char copies the syntax types of from-char. If from-char is a macro character, its reader macro function is copied also. If the character is a dispatching macro character, its entire dispatch table of reader macro functions is copied. The constituent traits of from-char are not copied.

A macro definition from a character such as " can be copied to another character; the standard definition for " looks for another character that is the same as the character that invoked it. The definition of ( can not be meaningfully copied to {, on the other hand. The result is that lists are of the form {a b c), not {a b c}, because the definition always looks for a closing parenthesis, not a closing brace.


 (set-syntax-from-char #\7 #\;) =>  T
 123579 =>  1235

Side Effects:

The to-readtable is modified.

Affected By:

The existing values in the from-readtable.

Exceptional Situations: None.

See Also:

set-macro-character, make-dispatch-macro-character, Section 2.1.4 (Character Syntax Types)


The constituent traits of a character are ``hard wired'' into the parser for extended tokens. For example, if the definition of S is copied to *, then * will become a constituent that is alphabetic[2] but that cannot be used as a short float exponent marker. For further information, see Section (Constituent Traits).

The following X3J13 cleanup issues, not part of the specification, apply to this section:

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