Package-local nicknames

Marco Antoniotti marcoxa at
Fri Nov 27 13:58:10 UTC 2015

> On Nov 27, 2015, at 14:34 , Alessio Stalla <alessiostalla at> wrote:
> Hello list,
> long time no see :)
> I'm once again experimenting on ABCL with a sort of a pet peeve of mine: hierarchical symbols (aka symbols as packages aka symbol/package conflation). If I get good results I'll submit an article to the next ELS. Btw, is anyone going?
> I've seen that, since the time when I was actively contributing to it, ABCL has gained package-local nicknames (or, they were already there and I never noticed or I forgot about them). Since my experiment is, I suppose, a superset of what said nicknames have to offer, I'm curious: is anybody using them? How? Are they a novel idea of ABCL's, or were they inspired by other implementations? Do they implement some specification (e.g., a CDR)?

There is no CDR on the topic (want to write one?).  But ACL has had something like that for some time (cfr., and, if my neuron is not failing me also SBCL/CMUCL.

I should be able to make it to ELS.


> Thanks for any input!
> Cheers
> Alessio

Marco Antoniotti

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