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Re: Why are byte ports "ports" as such?
Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk <email@example.com> writes:
>> Storage is irrelevant. An implementation would be free to store
>> characters however it wished. char->integer and char<? can return
>> whatever the implementation pleases. I would rather drop them, since
>> they have nothing really to do with characters.
> Then it's impossible to implement a UTF-8 encoder. There is an
> infinite number of potential characters, and there is no way to
> examine what a given character means.
What exactly makes it impossible? There are an infinity of possible
integers, and this hasn't hampered the implementation of <.
> Now, if you come with a set of routines for manipulating the code
> point structure of a character, I don't believe that the terminology:
> calling it a character instead of a string, and calling the elements
> code points instead of characters, is so essential to break
> established practice of using code points or even lower level code
> units as Scheme characters.
There is no "established practice" of doing this. The established
practice is to pretend that code points and abstract characters are