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Re: [PATCH] add language/wisp to Guile?

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: [PATCH] add language/wisp to Guile?
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2023 16:45:26 +0100
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Maxime Devos <> skribis:

> Why should Wisp be a separate package when other SRFIs are made part
> of Guile?  Your point about maintenance and evolving applies equally
> to other SRFIs.

That’s a good point.  Making it available as (srfi srfi-119) would make
sense I guess.  I need to take a closer look…

>> Adding #lang support in Guile would be nice.  As discussed on IRC, it
>> can be experimented with in a WIP branch.
> Have you seen my messages on how the "#lang" construct is problematic
> for some languages, and how alternatives like "[comment delimiter] -*-
> stuff: scheme/ecmascript/... -*- [comment delimiter]" appear to be
> equally simple (*) and not have any downsides (**).
> (*) The port encoding detection supports "-*- coding: whatever -*-",
> presumably that functionality could be reused.
> (**) For compatibility with Racket, it's not like we couldn't
> implement both "#lang" and "-*- stuff: language -*-".

I haven’t seen your messages yet, I just wanted to express support of
the general idea.  For years, we have discussed #lang support; I know
Andy is enthusiastic about it, and while I was initially reluctant, I’ve
come to appreciate the idea.

What you point out is worth considering, but note that Guile already
supports #!r6rs for instance.


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