[Haskell-cafe] Seeking comments on this IO proposal

Jeremy Shaw jeremy.shaw at linspireinc.com
Fri Dec 17 17:49:46 EST 2004

At Fri, 17 Dec 2004 10:48:34 -0600,
John Goerzen wrote:

> First, if someone were to make a working, useful package out of this, is
> it likely that it would become the "standard" (whatever that means) IO
> system in Haskell anytime in the near future?  I ask because I don't
> want to put a lot of time into developing an IO library, and code that
> works with it, only to have nobody use my code because it's incompatible
> with everything they're doing.

I am quite ignorant about the different proposals coming along these
days, but I would hope that anything that hopes to be the next
generation of IO would address:

(1) binary IO (especially dealing with bit-fields -- like what you
    would see in network packets, or binary data formats like .swf or

(2) Internationalization / Unicode

I am not saying that it must *solve* these problems -- just that it
needs to have a plan for how to add these later.

Jeremy, the ignorant, Shaw.


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