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In the programming language Lisp, the reader or read function is the parser which converts the textual form of Lisp objects to the corresponding internal object structure. In the original Lisp, S-expressions consisted only of symbols, integers, and the list constructors ( <i>x<sub>i</sub>...</i> ) and (<i>x</i> . <i>y</i>). Later Lisps, culminating in Common Lisp, added literals for floating-point, complex, and rational numbers, strings, and constructors for vectors.

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  • In the programming language Lisp, the reader or read function is the parser which converts the textual form of Lisp objects to the corresponding internal object structure. In the original Lisp, S-expressions consisted only of symbols, integers, and the list constructors ( <i>x<sub>i</sub>...</i> ) and (<i>x</i> . <i>y</i>). Later Lisps, culminating in Common Lisp, added literals for floating-point, complex, and rational numbers, strings, and constructors for vectors. The reader is responsible for parsing list structure, interning symbols, converting numbers to internal form, and calling read macros. (en)
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  • In the programming language Lisp, the reader or read function is the parser which converts the textual form of Lisp objects to the corresponding internal object structure. In the original Lisp, S-expressions consisted only of symbols, integers, and the list constructors ( <i>x<sub>i</sub>...</i> ) and (<i>x</i> . <i>y</i>). Later Lisps, culminating in Common Lisp, added literals for floating-point, complex, and rational numbers, strings, and constructors for vectors. (en)
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  • Lisp reader (en)
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