[gambit-list] [scheme-reports-wg2] Re: Tangerine Edition penultimate report: how I voted, how you're voting

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Sat Jan 19 16:39:08 EST 2019

On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 3:20 PM Ivan Raikov <ivan.g.raikov at gmail.com> wrote:

> Isn't the difference with R6RS that R7RS-large draws extensively on
> SRFIs which are indeed attempts to codify existing practices?

SRFIs don't always codify existing practice, including the SRFIs drawn on
in past, present, and future R7RS-large ballots.  The original intention of
Steering Committee, I think, had nothing to do with SRFIs; I simply decided
when writing the charter (which the committee approved) to leverage both
existing and to-be-written SRFIs in order to be able to create R7RS-large
piecemeal, which has always seemed to me the only practical approach.

That said, SRFIs often do refer to existing implementations, or
of languages other than Scheme.

> On Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 5:15 PM Per Bothner <per at bothner.com> wrote:
> >
> > On 1/16/19 6:27 AM, John Cowan wrote:
> > > So what is happening is that people are voting for more rather than
> less, as with the Red Edition.  This encourages me that I'm going in a
> sensible direction with the large language.
> >
> > For the record, I'm extremely leery of the more-is-better approach.
> > We seem to be adding a large number of very large APIs, which seems
> > to be contrary to the Scheme ideal of small well-chosen primitives
> > that work synergistic well together.  People were unhappy with R6RS
> > because of its size and that so much of it was invention rather than
> > codifying existing practice.  R7RS-large is the same - but much more so.
> > --
> >         --Per Bothner
> > per at bothner.com   http://per.bothner.com/
> >
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