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It's only used by the string-contains[-ci] procedure, and that procedure may as well be implemented using Boyer-Moore. You can't use Boyer-Moore with large character types -- it requires you to build a table with one entry for every possible character. Hence not really useable for anything past Latin-1. In fact, I have an implementation of B-M. I just don't *export* it into the library's API as such, because it isn't portable across character types, which is one of the design criteria of the lib. -Olin