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22.4.3 Controlling string construction

The initial value of *default-character-element-type* is base-char, to avoid programs that only require 8-bit strings needlessly creating larger string objects. If your application uses Unicode characters beyond the Latin-1 range (characters of type extended-char ) then you should consider which of the following two approaches to use:

Note: Do not attempt to bind or set directly the variable *default-character-element-type*. Instead, call set-default-character-element-type.

LispWorks User Guide and Reference Manual - 21 Dec 2011