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----- Original Message -----
From: "John D. Ramsdell" <>|
| Correct.  Statements inside the function bound to foo in the do block
| cannot access its local variable a.  If it could, a function bound to
| foo could be written that accesses the value of a and then prints it,
| in this example displaying "10".  In Lua, the current binding of a
| local variable is hidden from any function defined within the scope of
| the local variable.  This is a problem only if the binding is changed
| between the time at which the closure for the function is created, and
| the time at which the function is executed.

So Lua is not lexically scoped because a) Upvalues only go up one level and b)
upvalues force a closure?

Does that mean that Python (2.2) is not lexically scoped either because it also
forces a closure? (but can look right to the outer level)

So in order for a language to be truly lexically scoped rebinding must take
place on an assignment?

I have quite a limited knowledge of the practicalities but lexical scoping (and
the removal of upvalues) of the type employed in Python would be nice. ie.
closure at execution time.