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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 the same. Thomas