Fundamentals of Computer Science I (CS151 2003F)

Characters and Strings in Scheme

Summary: In these exercises, you will explore a number of the standard Scheme procedures for handling characters and strings. You will also explore an application of these procedures for marking up text.


Useful Procedures and Notation:


Exercise 0: Preparation

a. If you have not done so already, you may want to skim the reading on characters and the reading on strings. You may also want to scan Scheme Report, Section 6.3.5 of the Scheme Report.

b. Start DrScheme.

Exercise 1: Collating Sequences

As you may recall, Scheme uses a collating sequence for the letters, assigning a sequence number to each letter. DrScheme uses the ASCII collating sequence.

a. Determine the ASCII collating-sequence numbers for the capital letter A and for the lower-case letter a.

b. Find out what ASCII character is in position 38 in the collating sequence.

c. Do the digit characters precede or follow the capital letters in the ASCII collating sequence?

d. If you were designing a character set, where in the collating sequence would you place the space character? Why?

e. What position does the space character occupy in ASCII?

Exercise 2: A Control Predicate

In ASCII, the collating-sequence numbers of the control characters are 0 through 31 and 127. Define a predicate char-control? that returns #t if its argument is a control character, #f otherwise.

Note that char-control? takes a character, not an integer, as a parameter.

Exercise 3: String Basics

a. Is the symbol 'hyperbola a string?

b. Is the character #\A a string?

c. Does the empty string count as a string?

Exercise 4: Creating Questions

Suggest three ways of constructing the string ??? -- one using a call to make-string, one a call to string, and one a call to list->string.

Exercise 5: Referencing Lengths

Here are two opposing views about the relationship between string-length and string-ref:

Which, if either, of these views is correct? Why?

Exercise 6: Generating Headings

Write a procedure, (heading level text) that generates a string that contains a string for an HTML heading of the appropriate level. For example,

> (heading 2 "Exercise 6")
"<h2>Exercise 6</h2>"
> (heading 4 "History")

You may find it useful to use the procedures number->string and string-append.

Exercise 7: Marking Text

a. Write a procedure, (markup tag text) that surrounds text with the given tag. For example.

> (markup "p" "Hi There")
"<p>Hi There</p>"
> (markup "strong" "Wicked Neat!")
"<strong>Wicked Neat!</strong>"

b. Use markup, string-append, and any other procedures you deem appropriate to generate the following HTML:

Sam says <q>Scheme is <strong>Wicked Neat!</strong></q>

Note that you may want to use the character #\newline for new lines. Unfortunately, that character appears as a code for the newline (\n) in a result. If you want to test your result, you should use (display exp), which shows strings with control characters displayed appropriately, rather than as codes.

d. Write a (paragraph text) procedure using markup

e. Why might you use Scheme rather than a text editor to build a Web page?

For Those with Extra Time

Extra 1: Other Markup

Use markup to implement the following procedures, each of which takes one argument (some text) and generates HTML for appropriately formatted text.

a. bold

b. strong

c. emphasize

Extra 2: Build a Page

Using the previous procedures, write a procedure, page, of no arguments that builds a simple HTML page of your choice. Your procedure will begin

(define page
  (lambda ()

You can call the procedure with (page).

Extra 3: A Parameterized Page

Write a procedure, (rant-page subject), that builds an HTML page that rants non-specifically about subject. For example, if subject were days in which the temperature is less than zero degrees Fahrenheit the body of the page might read

I hate days in which the temperature is less than zero degrees Fahrenheit. You probably hate days in which the temperature is less than zero degrees Fahrenheit, too.

Similarly, if subject were malicious computers, the page might read

I hate malicious computers. You probably hate malicious computers, too.

You may instead make the page say nice things, if you would prefer.



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