Subject: Re: reading/writing bytes smaller than 8 bits?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/01/26
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* (Erann Gat)
| Nothing prevents a vendor from issuing a proposal that includes
| proprietary technology or trademarks.  Politics often prevents such
| proposals from being adopted.  That's why they tend to be rare, and also
| why it is entirely justified to ask the question.

  well, if they tend to be rare, I'd have expected some _justification_ for
  the implicit expectation that this was one of those rare cases.

  however, to zoom out a bit, if people in the Common Lisp community wonder
  why there's so (comparatively) little communal development activity, do
  consider the responses received to the work that _is_ being done when it
  is published.  as far as I have seen, the response is generally "thanks.
  now where's the rest?", no matter how much you do.  it almost sounds like
  a Norwegian tax collector, one of nature's strongest de-motivating forces.