Number: 1962

Date: 27-Aug-84 16':44':53

Submitter: Sannella.PA

Source:, (many users at Intellicorp)

Subject: Want interpreter/compiler to recognize comments, so they can appear anywhere

Assigned To: 

Attn: Masinter, Lisp

Status: Open


Problem Type: Design - Impl

Impact: Annoying



Priority: Unlikely

System: Language Support

Subsystem: Compiler, Code Format

Machine: 1108


Lisp Version: 23-Aug-84 18':52':49

Source Files: 

Microcode Version: 5124

Memory Size: 3071

File Server: 

Server Software Version: 

Disposition: [This was shot down by LispCore↑ in the past, even though I liked the idea and thought we could fix the interpreter/compiler to know about * comments specially]'
["Masinter" "11-Sep-84 17':02':48" Source': Attn': Disposition':]

Description: '
Date': 20 Aug 84 17':59 PDT'
Subject': Lisp': want real comments'
   As is well known, comments are currently second-class citizens in the InterLisp world.  This causes no end of headache, and causes people to not comment on many occassions.  There might already be an AR on this, but I''d like to see a better comment facility whereby the interpreter and compiler actually know about comments rather than treating them as fns or macros, thereby allowing comments almost anywhere.  Perhaps reading comments could cause a bit to be set somewhere that would cause the interpreter/compiler to toss the comment.  Alternatively, they could look at the structures that they are manipulating and take appropriate action.'
   I find documenting Lisp programs internally to be a monumental task at the moment, which causes a separation of doc and code that is contrary to what I understand to be the Interlisp-D philosophy.'
	-- Rich'


Test Case: 

Edit-By: Masinter

Edit-Date: 11-Sep-84 17':02':49