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)