`()`- denotes the empty list.
`""`- denotes the empty string.
`"hello"`- denotes the string comprising the characters h-e-l-l-o. You can put all the usual characters, such as 'a'...'z', 'A'...'Z', '0'...'9' and many of the other characters you can type on your keyboard in a string.
`#\a`- denotes the character
`a`

. In general, a character is denoted by`#\`

*name*, where*name*is the name of the character, such as`a`

,`b`

,`%`

, or`2`

. `#()`- denotes the empty vector.
`#(1 () 3.1)`- denotes the vector of three elements: the integer value one, the empty list and the floating point value three point one. Note that the elements of vectors do not have to be of the same type, unlike many other languages.
`123`- denotes the integer value one hundred and twenty-three. Just like in many other programming languages, only a subset of the integers is usually supported. The actual largest value is implementation-defined. Some Lisp systems allow for arbitrarily large integer values.
`6.718`- denotes the floating point approximation to the real value six point seven one eight.
`67.18e-1`- denotes the same value as immediately above, but shows that scientific notation looks just like it does in other languages.

Julian Padget, jap@maths.bath.ac.uk, this version December 9, 1994