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>New String Formatting Enhancements
>format has been extended with the following control types.  The use of
>these control types makes it easy to write binary file formats to disk.

Nice, but how do you read them back?

I think this functionality would be better in a separate library,
perhaps along the lines of Perl's pack/unpack.

John Belmonte, in a posting of 6 Feb, mentioned that he was working in a library
like that. (The alignment problem he mentioned is now corrected.)