Extension request: "where" clauses in type signatures
Some type signatures could be simplified by separating certain elements, either because they are lengthy and can be expressed simpler, to better express intention, or because they are repetitive. A "WhereSignatures" extension would allow for type signatures like the following:
fold :: f -> [a] -> a where f = a -> a -> a -- expresses intention more clearly than: fold :: (a -> a -> a) -> [a] -> a union :: a -> a -> a where a = Map.Map k v -- much shorter/more readable than: union :: Map.Map k v -> Map.Map k v -> Map.Map k v
Or maybe even:
fmap :: (a -> b) -> f a -> f b where (Functor f) -- arguably prettier than: fmap :: (Functor f) => (a -> b) -> f a -> f b
This minor syntactic sugar is essentially equivalent to local "type" definitions, which provides an advantage of making the type's purpose more clear. This seems like a natural development on what the type checker can do.