[R6RS] SRFIs for R6RS
Mon May 30 16:16:45 EDT 2005
I'm planing to inform the SRFI editors that we wish to use the SRFI
process to help us in the design of R6RS. As I said in Boston we need
to be honest with the Scheme community on the intent of the documents
we submit as SRFIs. These SRFIs are meant to inform the Scheme
community of our design ideas and to allow the community to give us
some feedback. This will allow us to tap into some domain specific
expertise in the community, and will also be useful to poll the
community for suggestions on aspects of secondary importance (naming of
procedures, syntax of special forms, etc). Note however that any poll
on the SRFI lists should not be given too much weight given the uneven
participation of the community and the fact that the community does not
know about all the design constraints we face (such as design
consistency with other features that are not under discussion as
To clearly distinguish these SRFIs from others we should identify them
with distinctive titles. I suggest prefixing them with "R6RS", for
example "R6RS numerics" and "R6RS module system". To avoid confusion,
I will ask the SRFI editors to reserve this prefix for the SRFIs we
submit. I also suggest we add this text at the top of the SRFI's
This SRFI is being submitted by a member of the Scheme Language
Editor's Committee as part of the Scheme standardization process.
The purpose of such ``R6RS SRFIs'' is to inform the Scheme community
features and design ideas under consideration by the editors and
to allow the community to give the editors some direct feedback that
will be considered during the design process. At the end of the
discussion period, this SRFI will be withdrawn so that, in the event
that the editors decide to modify the specification, even in a minor
way, there will not be a double standard that could confuse users.
As for the copyright notice, I propose that it be under the name of the
editor(s) that wrote the SRFI.
Is that OK?
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