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1.3 Values

When a value is printed in various contexts, uses annotations to delimit the value from the surrounding text.

If a value is printed using print and added to the value history, the annotation looks like

 
^Z^Zvalue-history-begin history-number value-flags
history-string
^Z^Zvalue-history-value
the-value
^Z^Zvalue-history-end

where history-number is the number it is getting in the value history, history-string is a string, such as `$5 = ', which introduces the value to the user, the-value is the output corresponding to the value itself, and value-flags is `*' for a value which can be dereferenced and `-' for a value which cannot.

If the value is not added to the value history (it is an invalid float or it is printed with the output command), the annotation is similar:

 
^Z^Zvalue-begin value-flags
the-value
^Z^Zvalue-end

When prints an argument to a function (for example, in the output from the backtrace command), it annotates it as follows:

 
^Z^Zarg-begin
argument-name
^Z^Zarg-name-end
separator-string
^Z^Zarg-value value-flags
the-value
^Z^Zarg-end

where argument-name is the name of the argument, separator-string is text which separates the name from the value for the user's benefit (such as `='), and value-flags and the-value have the same meanings as in a value-history-begin annotation.

When printing a structure, annotates it as follows:

 
^Z^Zfield-begin value-flags
field-name
^Z^Zfield-name-end
separator-string
^Z^Zfield-value
the-value
^Z^Zfield-end

where field-name is the name of the field, separator-string is text which separates the name from the value for the user's benefit (such as `='), and value-flags and the-value have the same meanings as in a value-history-begin annotation.

When printing an array, annotates it as follows:

 
^Z^Zarray-section-begin array-index value-flags

where array-index is the index of the first element being annotated and value-flags has the same meaning as in a value-history-begin annotation. This is followed by any number of elements, where is element can be either a single element:

 
`,' whitespace         ; omitted for the first element
the-value
^Z^Zelt

or a repeated element

 
`,' whitespace         ; omitted for the first element
the-value
^Z^Zelt-rep number-of-repititions
repetition-string
^Z^Zelt-rep-end

In both cases, the-value is the output for the value of the element and whitespace can contain spaces, tabs, and newlines. In the repeated case, number-of-repititons is the number of consecutive array elements which contain that value, and repetition-string is a string which is designed to convey to the user that repitition is being depicted.

Once all the array elements have been output, the array annotation is ended with

 
^Z^Zarray-section-end


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