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Re: Why is lexical-binding's global value ignored?

From: Jean Louis
Subject: Re: Why is lexical-binding's global value ignored?
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2023 12:36:00 +0300
User-agent: Mutt/2.2.9+54 (af2080d) (2022-11-21)

* tomas@tuxteam.de <tomas@tuxteam.de> [2023-01-28 10:12]:
> On Fri, Jan 27, 2023 at 08:01:47PM -0700, abq@bitrot.link wrote:
> > If somebody does (setq-default lexical-binding t), the intention is obvious.
> > But in current versions of Emacs, when loading a file that doesn't specify a
> > local value for lexical-binding, the global value is ignored. Why?
> > 
> > IOW, what would break if the global value were honored? It defaults to nil,
> > which is already how files are loaded if no local value is specified, so
> > honoring the global wouldn't change anything by default.
> I think it's backward compatibility, mainly. Files with no explicit
> lexical binding setting (may) contain code which expects dynamic
> binding and would break.

Some programs cannot work with lexical binding turned on.

Such is the RCD Template Interpolation System for Emacs:

I use that package for text based spreadsheet-like calculations.

Demonstration here:

Calling it from lexical bindings works only with modified `rcd-dlet'
function, how it was in it's original. 

Calling is one aspect of it.

Other application that does not work with lexical binding is `eev' package.


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