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Re: Language documentation

> I know of no other single language where text file munging is described
> in the first five chapters of the manual.

I probably don't either, but there is a nice online book (though it's 
unfinished) called "How to Use Scheme". (http://www.htus.org/)  It's 
certainly not a language manual, but, the first few chapters address 
exactly the kinds of things Kevin and many other users are after 
(things that are often hard to pick up from an index of a language 

Chapter 1: File Input and Output (including some XML io and parsing)

Chapter 2: Ports

Chapter 3: Regular Expressions

Chapter 4: Shell Scripts


> * Tutorials, HOWTOs and domain-specific documentation can bridge
>  the gap between examples and reference manuals.