Notes about results:
As per the charter, we need a module system proposal which allows sharing of code between implementations.
This is one issue where we can't default to the R5RS, since it has no module system. If we can't come to consensus, we will have to take the R6RS module system as-is.
Anything beyond a static syntax is specifying too much, and would make integration with existing systems difficult to impossible.
Several SRFIs, R6RS, and most Scheme implementations support some sort of uniform packed integer vectors. In particular, these are necessary for efficient binary I/O, and for memory mapping, so WG2 will certainly want them.
Do we provide a syntax and basic API for these in WG1?
I think the proposals need more work.
Most Scheme implementations provide some form of dynamic bindings such as those provided by SRFI-39 parameters.
I think we should have SRFI-9, with parameterize required to be thread-safe and direct mutation unspecified in the context of threads.
R6RS provided a detailed exception system with support for raising and catching exceptions, using a hierarchy of exception types.
Do we use this, or parts of it, or a new exception system?
The core R6RS exception system is fine, it was the extensive condition hierarchy and required exception situations I had issues with.
Given equal technical merit and compatible extensibility for WG2, should WG1 prefer SRFIs or standardized behaviors from R6RS when faced with the choice. For example, a version of syntax-violation vs. syntax-error.
Do we support any means of creating disjoint user-defined types, such as in SRFI-9, SRFI-99 or the R6RS record system?
SRFI-9 doesn't extend well, as shown by SRFI-99's ugliness. A fully keyword-based approach may be better.
list?, length, equal? and other fundamental primitives may diverge when given cyclic data. In the former two cases, avoiding this is simple and not inefficient, and the equivalents are already provided in SRFI-1. In the latter case a proposal was made and rejected on the R6RS list.
Do we want to specify the behavior when these primitives encounter cyclic data?
Definitely or list? and length, equal? might need more consideration.
Should WG1 include exact-integer-sqrt from R6RS? It allows square root operations in Schemes that don't provide inexact arithmetic, and has different semantics from sqrt, as it rounds its argument down to the nearest exact square.
Shall we add these numeric predicates?
Should we allow call/cc as an equivalent to call-with-current-continuation?
Emphatically no. Aliases do not belong in a small standard.
In general, in places where an implict BEGIN occurs, it is possible to change this to an implicit LET-NIL and remain backwards compatible. Should we do this?
I'd only consider this on a case-by-case scenario.
SRFI-38 standardizes the #0=(1 . #0#) shared structure notation for read/write. In the case of write, this can be expensive to compute, but otherwise the common case of the repl printing a cyclic structure results in an infinite loop.
Do we want to add support for this, as an option or separate set of procedures?
It's crucial to be able to have control over whether or not shared structure is handled on read and write.
R6RS and SRFI-69 both provide hash-table interfaces. Do we provide either of these, or try to provide some primitives on which efficient hash-tables can be implemented?
SRFI-69 is broken.
R6RS adds _ as a wild-card pattern, breaking some existing R5RS macros. Do we add the _ wildcard, or leave it as a normal identifier as in R5RS?
Yes to add, no for R5RS.
As an alternative to #7, SRFI-46 proposed allowing an optional ellipse specified as an identifier before the literals list in syntax-rules:
(syntax-rules ::: () <ellipse now represented as ::: instead of ...>)
Do we allow this?
SRFI-46 and R6RS both allow a fixed number of tail patterns following an ellipsis in a syntax-rules pattern:
(P1 ... Pk Pe <ellipsis> Pm+1 ... Pn)
R6RS further allows dotted tail patterns
(P1 ... Pk Pe <ellipsis> Pm+1 ... Pn . Px)
where Px only matches a dotted list.
Do we allow either or both of these extensions?
The dotted-tail is useful, but breaks the rule of the pattern language where what you see is what you get.
R6RS provides libraries for limited type arithmetic on fixnums only and flonums only. Do we want these?
R6RS introduced the concept of mantissa widths as an alternative to the R5RS #s in numbers. Do we want either or both of these?
Does the reader fold case by default, and if so how?
Yes to fold-case (R5RS) no to preserve case (R6RS), additional votes to come later from specific proposals.
There are many pros and cons, but all things being equal I prefer case-sensitivity if for no other reason than it is more expressive - it can be used to write case-folding macros.
There is the question of the right VCS to use. I prefer Monotone. Currently we are having an email vote on the list. I have entered this ticket to play with the Trac ticketing system. We can finalize the ticket once we have chosen a VCS.
These were relegated to a compatibility library in R6RS. Do we want to keep them, drop them, or move them to a library?
Yes means to keep them in the core, as in R5RS, and no means to remove them entirely.
R6RS added letrec* and defined the semantics of internal define to be equivalent. Do we want to add this?
This extension allows the list arguments to be of unequal length, and stops the procedure whenever any of them run out. R5RS says the lists must be of the same length, R6RS says they should be.
Yes to allow unequal length.
This extension accepts a third argument, the equality predicate to be used. Alternatively we could use the R6RS predicates ASSP and MEMP.
New to R5RS, do we reaffirm the sometimes debated dynamic-wind?
New to R5RS, do we reaffirm multiple values, specifically the procedures call-with-values and values?
I dislike MV for the complexity it introduces into any combinators or higher order utilities, but would rather preserve backwards compatibility by relegating it to a module.
Scheme's primitive mechanism of improper lambda-lists allows for optional arguments, but only with extra machinery. CL, DSSSL, and some Schemes provide a special word such as #!optional in lambda-lists, showing that the arguments which follow are optional and may have default values. SRFI-89 provides both optional and keyword arguments via lambda* and define* and without introducing #!foo special tokens.
Note the original ticket description mentions case-lambda, but this is easily provided as a separate module, and will be a separate item.
Too much to work out, too many differing opinions, let's leave this to wg2.
Student programs often want a small amount of randomness, not necessarily of very high quality. Shall we provide a simple interface to a random variables in WG1 Scheme?
This is actually pretty crucial for simple games, but I'd still rather leave it up to wg2. Providing just current-seconds is enough to allow users to implement a much better random library than any of the simplified interfaces suggested.
Pretty much all Schemes except embedded ones provide a notion of current error distinct from current output. Should this be exposed as a Scheme output port?
Should WG1 provide a module equivalent to the (rnrs files) module? This provides delete-file and file-exists?, which are pretty much necessities for any file-driven programming.
Should we add the 10 procedures mentioned at CompleteSequenceCowan in order to make the Scheme sequence types consistent? They are `make-list copy-list list-set! string-map string-for-each string->vector copy-vector vector-map vector-for-each vector->string`, all with the obvious interface and semantics.
These should be in a module. Arguably, the list equivalents like map and for-each should be in modules too. Their extremely useful but a loop syntax is generally faster and easier to read.
R5RS requires that Scheme support five indicators for the precision of floating-point values, not only the default e but also s, f, d, and l. Only a few Schemes actually support more than one precision, so this is mostly noise. Shall we make it an optional feature?
Should we add an EXACT-INTEGER? predicate? Currently, to determine whether a number is both an integer and exact, we must test for both, which requires some hackery or poor pattern matching to optimize in existing Scheme implementations.
We would like a standard for checking function arity. SRFI-102 proposes a way to check function arity:
Do we support the near ubiquitous SRFI-23 error procedure, and if so should it use the SRFI-23 signature, R6RS, or type-dispatch on the first argument to allow both?
Definitely not the R6RS version, it breaks too much code.
Do we support string ports, as implemented by SRFI-6 or as by R6RS?
A popular extension, formalized in the R6RS, is to allow "(... <templ>)" in a syntax-rules template to be an escape for "<templ>". Do we use this, and if so what does (... <t1> <t2>) mean?
Should we have syntax-error parallel to SRFI-23 error? This is evoked when macros are expanded.
Do we keep syntax-rules in the core, relegate it to a standard module, or leave it out entirely (possibly letting WG2 specify it).
Yes to keep in core, no to remove from Scheme entirely.
R6RS introduced identifier syntax as a way to expand identifiers in non-macro positions.
Orthogonal to the overall macro system and what types of expanders are provided, do we provide a means to specify identifier syntax?
Identifier syntax is actually really cool. I bash it only because it's a big semantic change, and not suitable for a small R5RS-compatible language. I would not be overly opposed to it in wg2.
R6RS extends define-syntax to be allowed in local lexical contexts. Do we allow this as well?
R6RS provides support for inexact infinities and NaN objects. Do we keep these, and if so do we use the same literal syntax and arithmetic as in R6RS?
R6RS greatly extends the list of character names, as well as allowing #\xNN numeric escapes for characters. Do we allow any or all of these names?
Conservative in the names - we don't need to specify all control characters from 0..31.
R6RS allows  brackets as identical to parenthesis, with the condition that they must balance. Do we accept this extension, propose some other use for brackets, or leave them unspecified?
Over my dead body! :)
R6RS provides support for #; nested sexp comments, and #| ... |# nested block comments. Do we include either or both of these?
I don't like or use the block comments, but I suspect I'll get out-voted on this.
[This ticket was originally about string escapes, but commenters have been talking about symbol escapes instead.]
R6RS provides character escapes in symbols of the form \xnnnn;, where nnnn is 1-5 hex digits. Do we accept this extension? Do we also allow |...| to escape a whole symbol or a part of one?
R6RS provides character escapes in symbols of the form \xnnnn;, where nnnn is 1-5 hex digits, as well as \n, \t etc. C-like escapes for common control characters. Do we accept either or both of these extensions?
R6RS provided operations to alter the case of strings and characters (upcase, downcase, titlecase and foldcase) using locale-independent Unicode mappings. Do we provide equivalent mappings?
R6RS provides procedures to explicitly convert strings back and forth between the four Unicode normalization forms. Do we provide any sort of string normalization?
Totally inappropriate for wg1.
R6RS suggests string-ref and string-set! work in O(1) time, implying strings are implemented as character arrays. Do we reaffirm this?
Yes for required constant time.
R5RS said almost nothing about character sets. R6RS specified full Unicode. Do we specify a character set, or limit the options in any way?
Modulo string-normalization, and perhaps some details to be worked out later since it's a large proposal.