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2.1 Identifiers

Most identifiers allowed by other programming languages are also acceptable to Scheme. The precise rules for forming identifiers vary among implementations of Scheme, but in all implementations a sequence of letters, digits, and “extended alphabetic characters” that begins with a character that cannot begin a number is an identifier. In addition, +, -, and ... are identifiers. Here are some examples of identifiers:

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

Extended alphabetic characters may be used within identifiers as if they were letters. The following are extended alphabetic characters:

! $ % & * + - . / : < = > ? @ ^ _ ~ 

See section Lexical structure for a formal syntax of identifiers.

Identifiers have two uses within Scheme programs: