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Re: [Scheme-reports] Formal Comment: Change syntax of symbols from |<symbol element>*| to #"<string element>*"

On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 1:57 AM, Ray Dillinger <bear@x> wrote:
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> On 03/13/2012 02:27 AM, Peter Bex wrote:
>> See above.  Maybe not necessarily source code, but whenever you want
>> to serialize arbitrary s-expressions you don't want to have to bother
>> with the idea "can this be written at all?".  That's an arbitrary
>> limitation that serves no useful purpose.
> Agreed, there should be a way to read and write them.  But that's
> been required in every standard, for a long time.
> My question was a step back from that; it was whether it is
> necessary to specify a particular syntax for them to be
> read and written in.

Yes, I think so.  Lack of a standardized syntax for
basic data types would hinder interoperability, such
as sexp-based formats or RPCs, especially in projects
like Snow.


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