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Re: Why there is no char type?

From: Andy Wingo
Subject: Re: Why there is no char type?
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 22:19:54 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.2 (gnu/linux)

On Wed 15 Dec 2010 19:40, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

> Then main reason I did not add a char type is that it would require a
> bunch of new primitives, adding permanently to the complexity of Emacs
> Lisp and its documentation.  As well as complexity of Lisp code that
> uses characters.

FWIW, I have not felt that a character type in Scheme was a burden in
any way; and it's nice to have a human-readable and -writable external

>From a selfish, wanting-emacs-on-guile POV, it would be a good thing for
emacs to have a character type. Obviously that's predicated on there
being someone willing to do the work, and suitable back-compatibility

Guile's characters have space for buckybits, I think (space we don't
currently use, I mean).


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