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[ DSSSL], the Document Style Semantics and Specification Language, is a language for specifying stylesheets for SGML documents, and is semantically an ancestor of XSLT.  It includes as part of itself something called the [ expression language], a large subset (with extensions) of R4RS Scheme.  This page tells you in a coarse way (see the previous link for details) what the differences are between the two.

Here's the list provided at the top of Clause 8:

    * The expression language uses only the functional, side-effect free subset of Scheme. Features of Scheme that are not useful in the absence of side-effects have been removed (for example, `begin, set!, eqv?`)
    * The vector data type is not provided.
    * A character object is uniquely identified by its name and properties.
    * The number data type is a subtype of a more general quantity data type that adds the concept of dimension to a number.
    * `call-with-current-continuation` is not provided.
    * Some optional features of R4RS are not provided.
    * The `gcd` and `lcm` procedures are not provided.
    * Keyword arguments are provided.

The syntax keywords and procedures provided by the expression language and its defined subset, the core expression language, are enumerated [ here].

Here are finer details:

    * The list of syntactic keywords is not extensible.
    * You may not redefine a defined identifier.
    * Improper lambda-lists are not allowed.
    * A definition may refer to identifiers that are defined in later definitions.
    * You may redefine a built-in identifier such as `car`, and such redefinitions are pervasive.
    * `Case` uses `equal?` to match keys, since `eqv?` does not exist.
    * Numbers are restricted to exact integers and inexact rationals.
    * Exact integers must include the range -2^31^-1 to 2^31^-1.
    * `#i` and `#e` syntax are not supported.

DSSSL extensions:
    * Complex lambda-lists are provided, with flags `#!optional, #!rest, #!key`.
    * Keywords are runtime objects, with procedures `keyword?, keyword->string, string->keyword`.
    * Quantities are a superset of numbers: the primitive unit is meters, written `m` (e.g. `1m` for 1 meter).
    * Numeric literals with a decimal point, an exponent, or a unit are inexact; all others are exact.
    * The procedures `exact? inexact? = < > <= >= zero? positive? negative? odd? even? max min + - & / abs atan` (with two arguments) `sqrt` apply to quantities as well as numbers.
    * `define-unit` allows the definition of additional units derived from meters (e.g. `cm`), but no new primitive units can be created.
    * `quantity->number` strips the unit from a quantity.
    * `format-number` converts a number to a string containing ordinary numbers, numbers with leading zeros, letters, or Roman numerals.
    * Characters have (immutable) property lists, where the properties are keywords: one property is `numeric-equiv:`.
    * Language objects specify collation and case conversion; procedures are `language?, current-language, with-language`.
    * Date and time procedures are provided: `time, time->string, time<?, time>?, time<=?, time>=` (the last four apply to ISO 8601 timestamp strings).
    * `error` signals an error; it has one argument, a string.


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