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6.23.2 Emacs Lisp

Emacs Lisp (Elisp) is a dynamically-scoped Lisp dialect used in the Emacs editor. See Overview in Emacs Lisp, for more information on Emacs Lisp.

We hope that eventually Guile’s implementation of Elisp will be good enough to replace Emacs’ own implementation of Elisp. For that reason, we have thought long and hard about how to support the various features of Elisp in a performant and compatible manner.

Readers familiar with Emacs Lisp might be curious about how exactly these various Elisp features are supported in Guile. The rest of this section focuses on addressing these concerns of the Elisp elect.