(j3.2006) Optional parts of programming languages

Robert Corbett Robert.Corbett
Thu Aug 23 00:57:06 EDT 2007

William B. Clodius wrote:

> I am surprised that several people are suggesting that a programming 
> language should contain significant optional parts.

Of course, the existing Fortran standard has significant optional parts.
All of Chapter 14 is optional.  Chapter 15 should have been optional.
As it stands, an implementor must supply a C compiler or something
equivalent to a C compiler (see Section 2.5.10) to conform to the
Fortran standard.

Bob Corbett

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