Hi Christophe, > > Hmm, so is this the same as the localization does in PicoLisp? > > Quite the same, except that we don't have a list of all messages to > translate. Any transient, even an unexpected one, should > «spontaneously» have its value transformed by a function > when retrieved.
I see. This is not possible, because the fetching of a symbol's value happens at the very lowest level of the interpreter (in fact it is only a single machine instruction), and can't be changed from the outside. And if you'd change this, it would slow down everything quite a lot, as each value fetch would need to do some runtime check. There must be a better way. Can't you write an access function, which inspects the symbol and takes appropriate action? > > Transient symbols are just normal symbols, except that they have a > > file-local scope, and happen to look lexically like strings in other > > languages. That's all. > > My question was about «look lexically like strings in other languages». > Do some other Lisp have this king of mechanism? I have never seen something like that in other languages. There a string is always a primitive type, distinct from a (Lisp) symbol. ♪♫ Alex -- UNSUBSCRIBE: mailto:email@example.com?subject=Unsubscribe