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Date: 2007-11-13 (09:13)
From: weis@y...
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OCaml's formatting libraries
> I'd rather have a simple and correct type system.

You have a correct type system. Admittedly, its simplicity can be discussed,
if we consider the many features added to the language that really impact the
type algebra.

The format strings feature is not from this family of new and deep
modification of the type system: it neither impact the type algebra nor is a
late addition (it was introduced more than 10 years ago). Believe me, it is
in essence rock solid and fully type safe.

On the other hand, yes, there is still some work to do to fully support the
new additional feature of positional parameters. I agree, this is not
easy. But no, the format strings are not essentially flawed by the bug
reported here: the new feature implementation will be corrected or the new
feature will be removed.

Best regards,

Pierre Weis

INRIA Rocquencourt, http://bat8.inria.fr/~weis/