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1.3.1 Primitive; library; and optional features

It is required that every implementation of Scheme support all features that are not marked as being optional. Implementations are free to omit optional features of Scheme or to add extensions, provided the extensions are not in conflict with the language reported here. In particular, implementations must support portable code by providing a syntactic mode that preempts no lexical conventions of this report.

To aid in understanding and implementing Scheme, some features are marked as library. These can be easily implemented in terms of the other, primitive, features. They are redundant in the strict sense of the word, but they capture common patterns of usage, and are therefore provided as convenient abbreviations.