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[docs] add some documentation on how to introduce typed exceptions

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+=head1 Introducing Typed Exceptions
+For a Perl 6 compiler to support typed exceptions properly,
+the following steps must be taken:
+=head2 Basic types
+The compiler writer needs to implement the types C<Exception>, C<Backtrace>
+C<X::AdHoc> and C<X::Comp>, as described in S32::Exception.
+=head2 Exception type mapping
+When the compiler passes an exception object to the user space (ie C<$!> and
+inside a C<CATCH> block also C<$_>), it needs to make sure that the type
+conforms to type C<Exception>, wrapping it in C<X::AdHoc> if that is not the
+Exceptions from non-Perl 6 sources should be boxed into a Perl 6 Str as the
+payload of an C<X::AdHoc> object.
+=head2 Importing other exception types
+The next step is to import the exception classes and roles from S32::Exception
+=head2 Compile time exceptions
+The compiler needs to provide the named C<filename>, C<line> and C<column>
+arguments to the constructor of the exceptions thrown from within the compiler
+(TODO: TimToady wants a characters offset, not (just) line and column).

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