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   A "variable" is a name used in a program to stand for a value.
Nearly all programming languages have variables of some sort.  In the
text of a Lisp program, variables are written using the syntax for

   In Lisp, unlike most programming languages, programs are represented
primarily as Lisp objects and only secondarily as text.  The Lisp
objects used for variables are symbols: the symbol name is the variable
name, and the variable's value is stored in the value cell of the
symbol.  The use of a symbol as a variable is independent of its use as
a function name.  Note: Symbol Components.

   The Lisp objects that constitute a Lisp program determine the textual
form of the program--it is simply the read syntax for those Lisp
objects.  This is why, for example, a variable in a textual Lisp program
is written using the read syntax for the symbol that represents the

Global Variables
Variable values that exist permanently, everywhere.
Constant Variables
Certain "variables" have values that never change.
Local Variables
Variable values that exist only temporarily.
Void Variables
Symbols that lack values.
Defining Variables
A definition says a symbol is used as a variable.
Tips for Defining
Things you should think about when you
define a variable.
Accessing Variables
Examining values of variables whose names
are known only at run time.
Setting Variables
Storing new values in variables.
Variable Scoping
How Lisp chooses among local and global values.
Buffer-Local Variables
Variable values in effect only in one buffer.
Frame-Local Variables
Variable values in effect only in one frame.
Future Local Variables
New kinds of local values we might add some day.
File Local Variables
Handling local variable lists in files.

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