Keywords added to MIT-Scheme

I’ve [Joe Marshall] added `keyword’ objects to MIT Scheme in a way that I hope keeps everyone happy. A keyword is a self-evaluating symbolic token, much like a symbol, but it never needs quoting because it can never mean anything but itself.

The reading and printing of keywords is controlled by the variable *keyword-style*, which can be #f or one of these symbols: cl, dsssl, srfi-88, both

If *keyword-style* is #F (the default), then there is no way to read keywords, and they are printed as #[keyword foo].

If *keyword-style* is ‘cl, then tokens with a leading colon are considered keywords and keywords are printed with a leading colon. Symbols with a leading colon are printed with vertical-bar quotes
and you can create symbols with leading colons by using vertical-bar quotes.

If *keyword-style* is ‘srfi-88, then tokens with a trailing colon are considered keywords and keywords are printed with a trailing colon. Symbols with a trailing colon are printed with vertical-bar quotes and you can create symbols with trailing colons by using vertical-bar quotes.

‘dsssl is a synonym for ‘srfi-88

If *keyword-style* is ‘both, then either syntax is acceptable for reading, but the cl syntax will be used in printing. (Putting a colon on both ends would be weird, so don’t.)

(via MIT-Scheme-devel)