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In 1981, representatives of several major dialects began to pool their efforts to design Common Lisp, an `industrial strength' dialect of Lisp that would provide stability for commercial applications.
The initial design of Common Lisp was well received, and in 1986
was formed to transform this work into a formal standard.
The resulting design,
is a standard for Common Lisp--
The Common Lisp standard improves on earlier Common Lisp work by placing much greater emphasis on portability, clarifying many aspects of compilation semantics, and adding several major pieces of new functionality: an object-oriented programming system, a condition handling system, an improved iteration facility, and better support for large character sets.
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