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1.3.3 Identifiers

An identifier is a sequence of one or more non-delimiter characters. Identifiers are used in several ways in Scheme programs:

Scheme accepts most of the identifiers that other programming languages allow. MIT/GNU Scheme allows all of the identifiers that standard Scheme does, plus many more.

MIT/GNU Scheme defines a potential identifier to be a sequence of non-delimiter characters that does not begin with either of the characters ‘#’ or ‘,’. Any such sequence of characters that is not a syntactically valid number (see Numbers) is considered to be a valid identifier. Note that, although it is legal for ‘#’ and ‘,’ to appear in an identifier (other than in the first character position), it is poor programming practice.

Here are some examples of identifiers:

lambda             q
list->vector       soup
+                  V17a
<=?                a34kTMNs