# Re: Transient symbol with a single backslash

Hi,

If you need to output something that isn't 'read' readable, then you're
trying to output something that isn't lisp code. If that is the case, use
the functions to output text rather than code.

(prin "(This 'is (not) \"\\code\" ...)")

/Axel

On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:27 PM, Christophe Gragnic <
christophegrag...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I'm a long time fan of Picolisp but never went through the whole docs,
> and never found a practical use for it, until today!
> Well, I'm not using the real Picolisp but EmuLisp but I asked Jon and
> in fact his Emulisp acts as the real Picolisp regarding my problem.
>
> As you can see here:
> http://profgra.org/lycee/mathjax.html
> I'm trying to make my students write LaTeX or LISP to typeset formulas.
>
> I need to output a transient with a single backslash. The problem is that
> if I write my transient like this: "a backslash:\\", it may contain a
> backslash
> internally, but is printed/returned so to be read again (my guess).
> I make my system work with an ugly «text = text.replace("\\\\", "\\");»,
> but I'd be curious to know the solution to my problem.
>
>
> Christophe
>
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