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"John.Cowan" <jcowan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes: >> I am very confident that the experts who designed that standard will >> someday need a new one. > > The same applies to the Scheme standard. Right. But the nature of IEEE arithmetic is that it has no room for backward compatible changes. >> I would like to standardize Scheme's use in such a way that the >> language doesn't need to fundamentally change anytime such a change >> happens. > > I think that's hopeless. If there is fundamental change, it will be in > fundamentally unforeseeable ways. There are kinds of change (changes in the definitions of particular freaky cases of functions, or of bitfield lengths, for example) that we can plan for.