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On Feb 18, 2006, at 11:22 AM, William D Clinger wrote:
8. Integer Divison. (a) I think it is a really bad design to have the basic operation of div+mod change when the second argument changes sign.I don't have much problem with that. These mathematical operations aren't defined at zero, so they have to compare against zero anyway. To quote Egner et al, "the sign of the modulus y determines which system of representatives of the residue class ring Z/yZ is being chosen, either non-negative (y > 0), symmetric around zero (y < 0), or the integers (y = 0)." Using the sign of y is ad hoc, but it's an ad hoc choice anyway.
For now, let me just point out http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.scheme/msg/32949cdfdda958f8?where either you pulled one over on me that I didn't realize, or you didn't know what MODULO meant in 1996. I think introducing this operator will make things very much worse.