[r6rs-discuss] Unicode issues
cowan at ccil.org
Tue Aug 28 15:22:33 EDT 2007
William D Clinger scripsit:
> Implementations of the R6RS may use variable-width
> representations while achieving O(1) amortized time for
> string-length, string-ref, and string-set!.
Indeed. What's more, there are four classes of programs:
a) those which need O(1) read/write access to characters in strings;
b) those which need O(1) read (but not write) access;
c) those which need amortized O(1) access;
d) those which do not need O(1) access at all.
Alas, there is no knowing a priori which Scheme implementations will be
used to execute which applications, so it's hard to make the appropriate
tradeoffs in advance.
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org http://ccil.org/~cowan
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