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Re: Small modification
It is July, 1999. Scheme does not have records. I have given up
waiting for a consensus. I thought that the whole point of the SRFIs
was to make it possible to move forward without one.
That's *a* point of SRFIs. I think it is better to make some effort to get a
design that has consensus support. In this respect, SRFIs allow you to
*factor* the process of getting a standard together. And they allow people to
adopt standards on a finer-grained level, feature by feature. But that is my
opinion -- I have dragged out the SRFI-1 process by months in order to hash
out consensus, but I think it has been a worthwhile thing to do in order to
get a SRFI that (many) people (mostly) like.
You want an extensible syntax. Matthias wants initialized fields.
There is no end to what a record definition can be made to do. Look
at Common Lisp's DEFSTRUCT. I do not believe that we can come to
a consensus right now.
Fine. But simply by adding *a pair of parens* -- simple syntax, no extra
semantics -- you make it possible for later record proposals to *extend*
SRFI-9 in a fashion that allows SRFI-9-compliant code to run unaltered
in the newer systems.
Note that I am not pushing you to work in any extra semantics, such as
methods or initialisation fields.
OK, I've had my say; further comment would merely be repetitious. Note
that just adding a pair of parens would allow future record forms to
have backwards compatibility with SRFI-9.