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Re: SRFI 56 Binary I/O

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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.