Re: Heresy? Re: DSSSL WWW Enhancements

Subject: Re: Heresy? Re: DSSSL WWW Enhancements
From: James Clark <jjc@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 10:25:50 +0700
At 15:07 19/05/97 +0100, Dave Love wrote:

>However, if you actually try to build such things atop vanilla Scheme
>there seem to be some messy practical problems mainly due to the
>lexical structure of the existing language and, partly, its
>higher-order features.
>For instance: you probably don't want to make whitespace significant
>and you probably want infix arithmetic.  Now you need a way to square
>the presence of `-' in names in the standard with its use as an
>operator; you probably also need a syntax for representing the value
>of the symbol formerly known as `-' to be able to use it in higher
>order functions.  Etc.

I think Dylan is the place to look for solutions to these problems.  The
first version of Dylan used a Scheme-based syntax and Scheme/Lisp-ish
semantics (including lexical scoping and higher-order functions).  They
subsequently switched to an infix syntax but didn't radically change the


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