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  ANSI Common Lisp   2 Syntax   2.4 Standard Macro Characters   2.4.8 Sharpsign Sharpsign Backslash

Syntax: #\<<x>>

When the token x is a single character long, this parses as the literal character char. Uppercase and lowercase letters are distinguished after #\; #\A and #\a denote different character objects. Any single character works after #\, even those that are normally special to read, such as left-parenthesis and right-parenthesis.

In the single character case, the x must be followed by a non-constituent character. After #\ is read, the reader backs up over the slash and then reads a token, treating the initial slash as a single escape character (whether it really is or not in the current readtable).

When the token x is more than one character long, the x must have the syntax of a symbol with no embedded package markers. In this case, the sharpsign backslash notation parses as the character whose name is (string-upcase x); see Section 13.1.7 Character Names.

For information about how the Lisp printer prints character objects, see Section Printing Characters.

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