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Suggestions should go under the heading that best describes the reasons they should be included.

Require or could use compiler support

Useful in interfaces between unrelated modules

Generally useful/improvements

On the importance of standardizing libraries

  • Is there a point to have a library codified in the standard when the fptools library is the de-facto standard anyway? Does it make a practical difference for anyone?

I think so. A library that's in the standard might have specifications of functions. Thus different implementations of the library can be compared w.r.t. a definitive specification. Another point is stability. For example, the step from GHC 6.2 to GHC 6.4 caused quite a few library interfaces to change incompatibly. As a result, programs didn't compile any longer. On the other hand, the Haskell-98-standard libs are still supported. I think we should strive for stability of library interfaces. Whether it has to be by including libraries into the standard or by other means, I don't know. — Andres