(j3.2006) Optional parts of programming languages

Robert Corbett Robert.Corbett
Thu Aug 23 20:07:54 EDT 2007

Aleksandar Donev wrote:
> Robert Corbett wrote:
>>Of course, the existing Fortran standard has significant optional parts.
>>All of Chapter 14 is optional.
> Wrong! The functionality of it is optional, because it depends on 
> hardware support. But the syntax (which is trivial here because it is 
> just a module) must be recongnized by the compiler and processed 
> accordingly.

Section 14 of the standard states:

     Whether the modules are provided is processor dependent.

That saounds optional to me.  I would be glad to have co-arrays
added to the language on that basis.

Bob Corbett

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