Submitter's name: Richard Kelsey
Submitter's email: kelsey at s48.org
Relevant draft: r7rs draft 6
Relevant section of draft: Derived expressions, control features, exceptions
Summary: The descriptions of the dynamic features need to be clearer and more consistent.
There are now three separate features that relate to the dynamic context: dynamic-wind, dynamic bindings, and exception handling. These need to be defined in some unified way and their interaction described.
For example, dynamic bindings are described using the term 'dynamic environment' which is itself not defined. There is a paragraph on how dynamic bindings interact with threads, which are not mentioned anywhere else in the report, but nothing is said about how dynamic bindings interact with call/cc or dynamic-wind.
- Add a new section 3.6 that includes the definition of 'dynamic extent' currently in section 6.10 and a definition of 'dynamic environment'. Mention that the dynamic environment is captured by call/cc. Say something about threads, if necessary.
- Remove the paragraph about threads from the section on dynamic bindings.
- In the description of dynamic-wind, say that the dynamic environment that is in place when the before and after thunks are called is the the dynamic environment of the call to dynamic-wind.
- 6.11 paragraph 2; change "The system implicitly maintains a current exception handler" to "The system implicitly maintains a current exception handler in the dynamic environment".
- Description of with-exception-handler: change "Handler is installed as the current exception handler for the dynamic extent (as determined by dynamic-wind) of the invocation of thunk" to "Handler is installed as the current exception handler in the dynamic environment used for the invocation of thunk".
- The description of raise talks about the dynamic extent of continuations, but it is calls that have a dynamic extent, not continuations. Rephrase it in terms of continuations and dynamic environments.
- The description of raise-continuable also needs to be rephrased in terms of continuations and dynamic environments.
- Ideally, the dynamic environment and dynamic-wind would be included in the formal semantics.