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====== Function SET-SYNTAX-FROM-CHAR ====== ====Syntax==== * **set-syntax-from-char** //to-char// //from-char// ''&optional'' //to-readtable// //from-readtable// → **[[CL:Constant Variables:t]]** ====Arguments and Values==== * //to-char// - a //[[CL:Glossary:character]]//. * //from-char// - a //[[CL:Glossary:character]]//. * //to-readtable// - a //[[CL:Glossary:readtable]]//. The default is the //[[CL:Glossary:current readtable]]//. * //from-readtable// - a //[[CL:Glossary:readtable designator]]//. The default is the //[[CL:Glossary:standard readtable]]//. ====Description==== **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 //[[CL:Glossary:syntax type|syntax types]]// of //from-char//. If //from-char// is a //[[CL:Glossary:macro character]]//, its //[[CL:Glossary:reader macro function]]// is copied also. If the character is a //[[CL:Glossary:dispatching macro character]]//, its entire dispatch table of //[[CL:Glossary:reader macro functions]]// is copied. The //[[CL:Glossary: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 //[[CL:Glossary: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. ====Examples==== <blockquote> (set-syntax-from-char #\7 #\;) <r>[[CL:Constant Variables:T]] </r> 123579 <r>1235 </r> </blockquote> ====Side Effects==== The //to-readtable// is modified. ====Affected By==== The existing values in the //from-readtable//. ====Exceptional Situations==== None. ====See Also==== * **[[CL:Functions:set-macro-character|Function SET-MACRO-CHARACTER]]** * **[[CL:Functions:make-dispatch-macro-character|Function MAKE-DISPATCH-MACRO-CHARACTER]]** * {\secref\CharacterSyntaxTypes} ====Notes==== The //[[CL:Glossary:constituent trait|constituent traits]]// of a //[[CL:Glossary:character]]// are "hard wired" into the parser for extended //[[CL:Glossary:token|tokens]]//. For example, if the definition of ''S'' is copied to ''*'', then ''*'' will become a //[[CL:Glossary:constituent]]// that is //[[CL:Glossary:alphabetic]]// but that cannot be used as a //[[CL:Glossary:short float]]// //[[CL:Glossary:exponent marker]]//. For further information, see section {\secref\ConstituentTraits}. \issue{RETURN-VALUES-UNSPECIFIED:SPECIFY} \issue{ARGUMENTS-UNDERSPECIFIED:SPECIFY}