[plt-dev] changing xexpr

From: Jay McCarthy (jay.mccarthy at gmail.com)
Date: Fri Mar 27 08:15:38 EDT 2009

Hi Neil,

As the XML and Web server maintainer, I am willing to talk about how
to make the xexprs better. Even though you had the email message
earlier this month, I don't understand what changes you think need to
be made. Whatever changes, it is very important that everything stay


On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:33 PM, Neil Van Dyke <neil at neilvandyke.org> wrote:
> Would PLT be willing to change sexprs in the near future to a new 'standard'
> sexp-based representation for XML?
> The goals are: (1) unify SXML and PLT's xexprs; (2) make a few improvements
> on both.
> The practical problem is getting this new representation adopted by PLT and
> others.  Otherwise, I might as well stick with SXML, the current de facto
> standard.
> Regarding PLT adoption, I'm thinking that the new representation could start
> with xexprs, replace the non-sexp structs with sexp forms, and add a few
> missing things.  PLT's implementation of this representation could be made
> backward-compatible with programs that use the old sexpr representation.
> I'd want to involve a PLT representative and at least Oleg or Kirill in
> reviewing the proposal and suggesting any changes.  I suspect this should be
> a SRFI at some point.
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Jay McCarthy <jay at cs.byu.edu>
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