Next: , Previous: *read-suppress*, Up: Reader

*readtable* (Variable)

Value Type:

a readtable.

Initial Value:

A readtable that conforms to the description of Common Lisp syntax in Chapter 2 (Syntax).


The value of *readtable* is called the current readtable. It controls the parsing behavior of the Lisp reader, and can also influence the Lisp printer (e.g., see the function readtable-case).

 (readtablep *readtable*)  true
 (setq zvar 123)  123
 (set-syntax-from-char #\z #\' (setq table2 (copy-readtable)))  T
 zvar  123
 (setq *readtable* table2)  #<READTABLE>
 zvar  VAR
 (setq *readtable* (copy-readtable nil))  #<READTABLE>
 zvar  123
Affected By:

compile-file, load

See Also:

compile-file, load, readtable, Section (The Current Readtable)