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Jim Blandy <jimb@xxxxxxxxxx> writes: > Implementing this behavior can't be a burden on the Scheme > implementation, since it had to get all the data from the outside > system anyway, and it was almost certainly already in the program's C > execution character set when it arrived. This is not true. A scheme system might perfectly reasonably directly read files in whatever encoding, and handle network streams in whatever encoding, without ever thinking of them as C characters in between thinking of them as octets and thinking of them as Scheme characters. Thomas