GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manual
1.3.1 Some Terms
Throughout this manual, the phrases "the Lisp reader" and "the Lisp
printer" refer to those routines in Lisp that convert textual
representations of Lisp objects into actual Lisp objects, and vice
versa. See section 2.1 Printed Representation and Read Syntax, for more details. You, the
person reading this manual, are thought of as "the programmer" and are
addressed as "you". "The user" is the person who uses Lisp
programs, including those you write.
Examples of Lisp code are formatted like this:
(list 1 2 3).
Names that represent metasyntactic variables, or arguments to a function
being described, are formatted like this: first-number.