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Re: [Scheme-reports] Seeking review of sets and hash tables proposals
On 25/05/13 02:17, Evan Hanson wrote:
> I like this idea, but it would probably come with lots of complications.
> For example, one wouldn't be able to rely on the ability to round-trip
> such an object through its written representation (and what exactly
> should happen when the equivalence is not the default? Raise an error?
> Write "#<hash-table>" instead? How would one test its printability?).
That issue already holds for lists and vectors; one needs to check
up-front if they contain any closures or other non-printable objects to
tell if they are printable.
In practice, one tends to deliberately build printable objects when one
intends to print them - data stored with s-expressions, configuration
files or protocols based on them tend to have some kind of "schema"
defined, which consists purely of portable objects.
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