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Alex Shinn <alexshinn@xxxxxxxxx> writes: > The library style of reading and writing single different sized numbers > at a time is especially well suited to such applications as writing a > portable assembler. However, an assembler invariably needs to read and > write strings within the binary data, and SRFI-56 provides no portable > means to do this. An assembler does not write strings "within the binary data". Remember, a string is a sequence of characters, not a sequence of encodings. Assemblers need to write specific numbers in specific places, not "strings"; that is, they need control over the coding used. Which means they should encode the characters, and then write numbers.