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Re: reading NaNs
"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
> 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.