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A number of Schemes (Scheme48 and Chicken, at least) support byte-vectors for doing aggregate binary io. This seems to satisfy most needs for doing something beyond simple scalar io, while still allowing the application to perform whatever interpretation is necessary. I suppose some might consider it onerous to require implementing such a data type for this SRFI, but I consider byte-vectors extraordinarily useful. Dale Jordan