On Oct 17, 2006, at 1:06 AM, Charles Oliver Nutter wrote:
> Yukihiro Matsumoto wrote:
>>   * in preparation M17N enhancement, a symbol should contain encoding
>>     information as well as strings.  it was most natural to inherit
>>     String class to accomplish this.
>
> My understanding of symbols was primarily that they were an ID  
> within the runtime that happened to have a convenient string form,  
> rather than a string that was used as an ID. Is this an incorrect  
> way of thinking?

In practice they are both.  More commonly the latter, in fact.

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