[HARLEQUIN][Common Lisp HyperSpec (TM)] [Previous][Up][Next] The ``Syntax'' Section of a Dictionary Entry

This section describes how to use the defined name in code. The ``Syntax'' description for a generic function describes the lambda list of the generic function itself, while the ``Method Signatures'' describe the lambda lists of the defined methods. The ``Syntax'' description for an ordinary function, a macro, or a special operator describes its parameters.

For example, an operator description might say:

F x y &optional z &key k

This description indicates that the function F has two required parameters, x and y. In addition, there is an optional parameter z and a keyword parameter k.

For macros and special operators, syntax is given in modified BNF notation; see Section (Modified BNF Syntax). For functions a lambda list is given. In both cases, however, the outermost parentheses are omitted, and default value information is omitted. Special ``Syntax'' Notations for Overloaded Operators Naming Conventions for Rest Parameters Requiring Non-Null Rest Parameters in the ``Syntax'' Section Return values in the ``Syntax'' Section

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