[R6RS] Case-sensitivity

Matthew Flatt mflatt at cs.utah.edu
Sun Feb 19 08:37:09 EST 2006

No way! Not right now.

I think your point is to firmly establish what we already know from
previous polls, which is that most people prefer case-sensitivity. And
I agree that a poll is the right answer to this design point, because
either choice is technically fine.

But think about the message this sends to the community: the editors
are so dysfunctional that they're *still* debating case-sensitivity.

An definitive poll could have come at the beginning of the process, but
it's too late. At this point, we should wait until we've produced

In other words, I think our draft of the report should justify
case-sensitivity by its popularity, but with a footnote: "we'll take a
definitive poll before the final version of the report".


At Sun, 19 Feb 2006 09:43:43 +0100, Michael Sperber wrote:
> Following Will's post on c.l.s, let me suggest the following:
> We send a message to c.l.s and the usual suspects (say, who get
> announcements for the Scheme workshop, which includes mailing lists
> for many Scheme implementations) calling for participation in a poll,
> say like this:
> ---
> Dear members of the Scheme community,
> we---the R6RS Editors Committee---would like to find out the popular
> sentiment on the issue of Scheme's case-sensitivity.  You are invited
> to participate in a poll.  Please do this:
> <technical instructions>
> to register a vote of "case-sensitive," "case-insensitive," or "don't
> care", along with a maximum of three sentences explaining your
> preference.
> Please register your vote within seven days, until <date>.
> Your help in this matter would be much appreciated.
> The R6RS Editors Committeee
> --
> I could just set up a dedicated email address to accumulate the
> results.  Alternatively, maybe Anton has Drupal's "poll" module set
> up?
> -- 
> Cheers =8-} Mike
> Friede, Völkerverständigung und überhaupt blabla
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