Chars is the chars comprising the printed representation of Atom.
comprising the printed representation of Atom.
The atom containing exactly those characters, even if the characters look like the printed representation of a number.
Initially, either Atom must be instantiated to an atom, or Chars must be instantiated to a proper chars.
Any atom that can be read or written by Prolog can be constructed
or decomposed by
The check of Chars when Atom is instantiated was added in release 4.3 for alignment with the ISO Prolog standard. Previous releases simply failed in this case instead of reporting an error for malformed Chars.