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(elisp)Symbol Forms

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Symbol Forms

   When a symbol is evaluated, it is treated as a variable.  The result
is the variable's value, if it has one.  If it has none (if its value
cell is void), an error is signaled.  For more information on the use of
variables, see Note: Variables.

   In the following example, we set the value of a symbol with `setq'.
Then we evaluate the symbol, and get back the value that `setq' stored.

     (setq a 123)
          => 123
     (eval 'a)
          => 123
          => 123

   The symbols `nil' and `t' are treated specially, so that the value
of `nil' is always `nil', and the value of `t' is always `t'; you
cannot set or bind them to any other values.  Thus, these two symbols
act like self-evaluating forms, even though `eval' treats them like any
other symbol.  A symbol whose name starts with `:' also self-evaluates
in the same way; likewise, its value ordinarily cannot be changed.
Note: Constant Variables.

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