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From: Alex Shinn <foof@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: Re: SRFI 56 Binary I/O Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 05:16:55 -0500 > At 16 Jun 2004 23:14:41 -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote: > > This is fine, but don't call them bytes. Call them "octets" if that's > > what you mean; since "byte" has a different meaning (however remote > > these days) it would be well advised to use a word that means > > specifically what you want, rather than one that only mostly does. > > The rationale for using byte was largely backwards compatibility. > Common-Lisp, Gauche, and PLT (as of version 300) all use the above > names. > > PocketScheme, however, uses read-octet. Actually, unless there are implementations that use read-octet etc with different meanings (I suspect not), we won't have backward "compatibility" problem anyway. --shiro