Occasionally it is convenient for a handler to decide whether to deal with a condition after it already has control.
Sometimes I see that idiom written with a `handler-case` that resignals the condition if it decides it can’t take care of it. The downside of that approach is that `handler-case` only resignals the condition after unwinding the stack and removing any restarts that were in place.
`handler-bind` avoids those downsides. When a `handler-bind` handler does not transfer control it is said to “decline to handle” the condition. The condition will then percolate up to surrounding handlers or the debugger with the stack and restarts still in tact, as if the handler had never been entered.
(defun baz () (handler-bind ((error (lambda (c) (when (i-got-this-p c) (return-from baz (quux)))))) (foo)))