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a history of Lisp's most notorious artifact, parentheses
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History of Lisp Parentheses

A historical look at the many attempts to improve Lisp's most notorious artifact—parentheses.

I'd like to find out how people tolerated parens back in the golden days of Lisp. I have a feeling we might've forgotten some things that would be useful today, or might influence some new ideas.

Roughly, we cover the history in four parts:

  1. Why Parens?
  2. Editors
  3. Alternative Syntaxes
  4. Visual Decorations